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OOTP Season Sim Game 22: Jays lose to Rays

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

Blue Jays 1 Rays 2

I was hoping for a 3-game sweep, but 2 of 3 works.

We just didn’t get enough offense. That hasn’t happened much this season. The Jays are third in the AL in runs scored and first in home runs. Today just 3 hits. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had 2 of them (bringing his average to .373, leading the AL) and scored our run. Derek Fisher had the other hit, driving in Vlad. Reese McGuire took our only walk.

Brendan McKay had a great day for the Rays, he went 6.2 innings, giving up the 3 hits, 1 walk with 13 strikeouts. Jose Alvarado and Nick Anderson pitched the last 2.1 innings. Anderson picked up his 6th save.

Nate Pearson was pretty good again. 5 innings, 3 hits, 2 earned, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. He gave up a run in the second inning: Brandon Lowe walked, went to third on a Ji-man Choi single and scored on a Willy Adams sac fly. And a run in the third: Kevin Kiermaier hit a home run.

Our bullpen has been good lately. Today they threw 3 scoreless innings:

  • Anthony Bass went 1.2 giving up 2 hit and getting 2 strikeouts.
  • Brian Moran has been the exception to the good pitching in the pen. He gave up a hit, a walk before getting a strikeout to end the seventh. He has a 8.44 ERA.
  • Rafael Dolis pitched a quick 8th, giving up a single and getting a strikeout.

Let’s give a JoD to Vlad and Bass.

Suckage goes to the rest of the batting order. Anthony Alford, getting a rare start, went 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts, so he gets the Golden Sombrero.

The Jays dropped to 14-8, still in first place, 2.5 games up on the Red Sox. The Rays are 11-11, tied for 3rd with the Yankees.

Tomorrow is an off-day and then the Jays play for 15 days straight, starting with 3 games in Boston. I’ll post stats from the Jays minor league teams tomorrow.