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OOTP Season Sim Game 14: Jays beat Royals on Good Friday

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MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at Pittsburgh Pirates
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There is a bit of sim baseball world news: Adam Lind announced his retirement. Lind signed with the Twins and was on their Triple-A team’s roster, the Rochester Red Wings.

In Jays minor league news (the game doesn’t keep minor league box scores):

The Bisons lost on opening day, 6-2. Anthony Kay took the loss. He gave up 11 hits, and 6 runs (4 earned) in 4.1 innings. But they won game two. Ryan Borucki gets the win 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 unearned run. After two games, Rowdy Tellez and Jonathan Davis have a homer each.

The Fisher Cats are 2-0, winning 7-0 and 6-0. T.J. Zeuch got the win in the first, 7.1 innings, 4 hit, no runs, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Kirby Snead got the save. Patrick Murphy got the win the second win, 7.2 innings, 7 hits, no runs and 5 strikeouts. They have 3 home runs in the first two game, one each from Alejandro Kirk, Ryan Noda and Forrest Wall.

Dunedin lost both their first two games: 4-2 and 6-3. Simeon Woods Richards started the first game, going 4.1 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Elvis Luciano started the second game, 5.1 innings, 4 hits, 4 earned, 5 walks and 1 k. Chavez Young has their only home run. He also has 3 walks in 9 PA.

The Lugnuts have 2 wins: 4-2 and 6-2. Alek Monoah went 5 innings in the first game, 5 hits, 2 earned, 4 walks and 4 k. Adam Kloffenstein went 6 innings, allowing 8 hits, 3 earned, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Colton Laws and Joey Pulido got the wins. Cobi Johnson got saves in both games. Gabriel Moreno and Terry McClure each had a homer.


Royals 8 Blue Jays 10

Chase Anderson got the start and wasn’t great. 5 innings, 9 hits, 4 earned, 1 walk with 7 strikeouts. But he picked up the win.

Jordan Romano wasn’t any better. 1.1 innings, 4 hits, 3 earned, 2 walks and 1 k.

Brian Moran got 1 out, gave up a hit, walk, earned run and strikeout. And a hold.

Shun Yamaguchi, in his first relief appearance after two starts, went 1.1, allowing just a walk and had 3 strikeouts.

Ken Giles pitched the ninth, getting the save, with 1 hit, and 2 strikeouts. It is save number 3 for Ken, with the one blown.


On offense we had 12 hits, with 5 home runs and 6 walks. Our homers (all solo homers) came from:

  • Vladimir Guerrero hit his 3rd of the season.
  • Lourdes Gurriel hit his 4th of the season.
  • Travis Shaw hit his 5th and 6th.
  • Randal Grichuk hit is 3rd.

We were down 3-0 after 2 innings, but scored 4 in the third. The Royals tied things in the fifth, but we scored 5 in the bottom of the inning, going up 9-4. They each got a run in the sixth. The Royals made it close with 3 in the seventh, but that’s where the scoring ended.

We had 2 hits each from Bo Bichette, Vlad, Grichuk, Shaw and Joe Panik (who DHed). Everyone in the starting lineup had a hit excepting Cavan Biggio (0 for 4, 2 k) and Reese McGuire (0 for 2, walk). Shaw and Gurriel had 2 walks each.

Also of note, we had 2 stolen bases, bringing us to a total of 3 on the season. McGuire also had a sac bunt, our second of the season (Biggio has the other). Motoyo does seem to like the bunt.

The Royals used 8 pitchers.

  • Scott Barlow started, going scoreless 1.2 innings.
  • Kevin McCarthy got 1 out, 1 hit, 1 earned, 1 walk.
  • Tony Cingrani didn’t get an out. He gve up 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 1 walk.
  • Trevor Rosenthal: 1.2, 1 walk.
  • Greg Holland: 1 out, 3 hits, 3 earned, 1 k, 3 home runs. Holland got the save in yesterday’s game. He was likely tired. He took the loss.
  • Richard Lovelady: 0.2, 1 hit, 2 earned, 1 walk, 1 k, 1 homer.
  • Jesse Hahn: 1 inning, 2 hits, 1 unearned, 1 walk, 2 k, 1 homer.
  • Ian Kennedy: 2.1, 1 hit, 1 walk, 3 k.

Let’s give JODs to Shaw for the 2 home runs and 2 walks, Grichuk (2 for 5, homer), Bo (2 for 4, both doubles, walk), Gurriel (1 for 3, homer, 2 walks. And Shun for stemming the tide of run scoring.

Tomorrow Tanner Roark (0-1, 2.19, in 3 starts). Brad Keller gets the start for the Royals (0-0, 5.40 in 3 starts). The Royals bullpen has been overused, so he’s going to have to go deep into the game if they are going to get a win.

I didn’t notice that former Jays prospect Ryan McBroom is playing for the Royals. He is hitting just .185/.185/.222 in 6 games.

The win probability chart is rather pretty:

The Jays are now 9-5, still in first in the AL East. There were 25,083 at the Good Friday home game.