This season is going amazingly well. I should have taken some control of it so I could claim some credit.
We hit 5 home runs today.
- Randal Grichuk hit a solo shot (4th of the season) to lead off the second making it 1-0
- Vladimir Guerrero had a solo homer (6th) in the third making it 2-0.
- Travis Shaw hit a 3-run homer (10th) in the fifth making it 5-3.
- Cavan Biggio hit a 2-run homer (1st) in the fifth making it 7-3.
- Bo Bichette had a solo homer in the sixth (3rd) making it 8-5, which is how it ended.
We had 10 hits in total, evenly split between home runs and singles. All the runs score on home runs. Vlad, Lourdes and Cavan had 2 hits each. Teoscar Hernandez and Danny Jansen were the only ones in the lineup not to get a hit. Jansen reached on a hit by pitch.
Tanner Roark didn’t have a good start. He lasted just 4.2 innings, allowed 6 hits, 5 earned, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. He gave up 2 home runs. Willy Adams and Austen Meadows took him deep.
But our bullpen went 4.1 scoreless innings:
- Wilmer Font allowed 1 hit and had 3 strikeouts in 2.0 innings. He got the win.
- Shun Yamaguchi gave up a hit and a walk in 1.1.
- Ken Giles picked up his 4th save pitching the ninth. He allowed a hit and got a strikeout.
Let’s give JODs to Vlad, Shaw, Cavan and Font.
Roark earns a suckage award.
We gave Tyler Glasnow his first loss of the season. He had a 2.22 ERA going into the game, he left the game with a 3.41 ERA. He pitched 4.2, allowed 6 hits, 5 earned, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts. Anthony Banda relieved Glasnow, he gave up 3 hits, including a home run and 2 earned. He was victim of the new ‘three batter rule’.
Vlad is leading the AL in batting average at .367. Shaw is tied for the top in home runs with J.D. Martinez at 10. And Shaw and Gurriel are tied at the top of the league for RBI with Stephen Piscotty of the A’s. Shaw has a 12 game hitting streak going.
28,059 fans decided to go into Tropicana Field instead of enjoying south Florida sunshine. They much be giving tickets away.
Tomorrow Nate Pearson (2-1, 3.32 ERA in 4 starts) starts the last game of the series. Brandon McKay (1-0, 3.78 in 3 starts) goes for the Rays.
The Jays are now 14-7, and they are building a little bit of daylight between themselves and the rest of the AL East. I was worried that the Rays would win three of three and take over first place after the series. After losing the first two games of the season, they are now 4 games back and tied for three place with the Yankees.
I’ll post the standings for the Jays minor league teams. Monday is an off-day for the Jays, I’ll post the minor league player stats then.