Before the game there was some (sim) baseball world news. The Astros signed George Springer to a 5-year contract extension, worth $169,200,000 with a team option for a 6th years.
I am thinking the sim world Vegas odds are improving by the day for the Jays.
The Jays end the month of March 5-1. Now I’m not getting too excited. I’m thinking the hammer will drop at some point.
Hyun-Jin Ryu made his second start of the season and it went much better than his first. Today Ryu went 6.1 innings, allowed 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 0 walks and 4 strikeouts.
He gave up a Shogo Akiyama solo homer to lead off the third. Other than that he didn’t give up more than a base runner an inning for 6.
In the 7th he gave up a leadoff single to Mike Moustakas and got a fly out before Montoyo took him out of the game.
Sam Gaviglio came in and gave up a double to Curt Casali to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Then a Bo Bichette error allowed both runners to score. Sam got out of the inning, but the Reds tied the game, so Ryu couldn’t get the win.
Sam got through the eighth inning despite a couple of singles.
Since Ken Giles pitched yesterday, Rafael Dolis went in for the ninth and struck out the side, on 11 pitches. Dolis gets his first save of the season. Gaviglio gets the win (along with a blown save).
1 in the first: Vlad hit a solo homer (376 feet), his second of the season.
2 in the fifth: Derek Fisher walked, Reese McGuire doubled and both scored on a Bichette double.
1 in the eighth: Vlad hit a 2-out single and scored on a Randal Grichuk double.
We had 9 hits on the day. Vlad, Randal and Cavan Biggio had two each.
Let’s give JODs to Vlad, Randal, Ryu and Dolis.
Attendance today 21,051 all simulating social distancing.
Tomorrow Nate Pearson makes his second start of the season, he’s 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA. The Reds will have Sonny Gray making his second start. He is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA.
End of March standings: