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OOTP Season Sim Game 2: Pearson Wins

MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at Pittsburgh Pirates Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Just a reminder, I’m letting the game make all the decisions, I’m just watching it, like it was real MLB baseball.

Before the start of the Jays second game of the season there was a little bit of news (sim news):

  • Daniel Hudson of the Nationals “suffered a torn labrum” and is out for the year.

And Blue Jays transaction news:

  • Trent Thornton was sent to Buffalo and Brian Moran was called up. I don’t know why, I guess the game decided they needed 2 lefties in the pen.

Red Sox 2 Blue Jays 7

Starting lineups:


Bichette, SS Peraza, 2B
Hernandez, RF Martine, DH
Guerrero, 3B Devers, 3B
Grichuk, CF Bogaerts, SS
Shaw, 1B Benintendi, Lf
Gurriel, LF Bradley, CF
Fisher, DH Pillar, RF
Biggio, 2B Moreland, 1B
McGuire, C Vazquez, C
Pearson, SP Eovaldi, P

Nate Pearson made the start in the Jays second game of the season and he was good. He went 5 innings, allowed 3 hits, had 2 earned, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.

Three relievers pitched for the Jays:

  • Sam Gaviglio: 2.1 innings, 1 hit, 4 k.
  • Moran: 1.1, 3 k.
  • Chase Anderson: 0.1, 1 hit, 1 k.

Nate gave up his 2 earned runs before getting an out. Jose Peraza singled, stole second and then J.D. Martinez homered.

Their lead didn’t last long. Nathan Eovaldi got two quick outs and then:

  • Vlad lined a single.
  • Randal Grichuk beat out an infield single.
  • Travis Shaw walked.
  • And Lourdes Gurriel hit a grand slam.

Bottom of the second:

Bo Bichette hits a solo homer making hit 5-2.

Top of the fifth:

Pearson had the first two batters reach on a single (Moreland) and hit batter (Vazquez). A ground ball put runners on second and third, but Nate got back-to-back strikeouts of Martinez and Devers.

Bottom of the eight:

Vlad led off with a walk but Grichuk hit into a double play. Then Shaw walks, Gurriel was hit by pitch and Derek Fisher drives both home with a double.

Jays of the Day: Gurriel (2 for 4, grand slam), Pearson (getting a win in his first MLB start) and Gaviglio (2.1 innings just 1 base runner).

28,663 fans came out to Rogers Centre (with the roof closed) a dip from the 42,217 on opening day.

Two games in, Jays have two wins, putting them first in the AL East (half game up on the 1-0 Yankees).

Tomorrow Matt Shoemaker gets his first start of the season. Martin Perez starts for the Red Sox.