Game 4 of the season’s first series for the Blue Jays was the first blowout of the season.
It was also had Shun Yamaguchi made his first start. The game made an interesting choice to put him in the rotation. In real life the team is likely to make him a reliever, but the game decided he should start and lefty Chase Anderson should be in the pen. It gives the (sim) team a lefty in the bullpen and a long man out of the pen. It could have decided to put Thomas Pannone in the pen as a lefty, but the game doesn’t rate him as a good pitcher. One of the things I’ve found with the game is that if it rates a pitcher as bad, don’t use him.
Starting for the Red Sox was Ryan Weber. Apparently, with the injury to Chris Sale, Weber was to get a spot in the rotation.
In this game, he didn’t do well, he gave up 5 runs, 3 earned, in 2.2 inning.
Two in the first: With two outs, Vladimir Guerrero was hit by pitch, Randal Grichuk followed with a single and they both scored on a Travis Shaw double.
Three in the third: Vlad singled and scored on Grichuk’s double. Lourdes Gurriel lined a pitch at Sox right fielder Kevin Pillar and Pillar booted it. It was a hard hit ball (105.0 mph off the bat) and Grichuk scored. Derek Fisher singled home Lourdes.
The Red Sox got their sole run of the game in the top of the third. Michael Chavis hit a solo home run (his third of the season, he had a terrific series, 4 hits, 3 homers, 4 RBI in 7 at bats).
Three in the sixth: Fisher walked, Cavan Biggio singled and Fisher scored on a Reese McGuire single. Bo Bichette singled to load the bases. A Teoscar Hernandez infield single scored Biggio and a Grichuk ground out scored McGuire.
Jays up 8-1.
Two in the eighth: With one out, Hernandez walked, Vlad singled, Grichuk singled and the first two scored on a Shaw double.
Jays up 10-1.
The Jays had 15 hits and 4 walks. The only extra base hits were 4 doubles, 2 each from Shaw and Grichuk.
Grichuk was 4 for 5.
On the pitching side Yamaguchi went 7.1 innings, allowing just 3 hits, 1 earned with 4 K.
Wilmer Font finished out the game, 1.2, no hits, 3 k.
Let’s give JODs to Grichuk, Shaw (2 for 5, 4 RBI), Vlad (2 for 4, hit by pitch, 3 runs scored) and let’s give one to Shun.
27540 were at the game.
The Jays host the Reds for a 3 game series starting tomorrow.
After four games the Jays are 3-1, first place in the AL East: