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OOTP Season Sim Game 9: Jays Beat Yankees

MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday was an off-day in the 2020 season. Funny to have an off-day on a Friday. I guess it was in case of rain out. Today the Jays had game 2 of a 3-game set with the Yankees in New York.

Blue Jays 7 Yankees 3

I was worried about this series. It’s the Jays first series against a really good team, after facing the Red Sox and Reds.

We scored 4 runs off Yankees’ starter Jonathan Loaisiga in the fourth inning:

  • Bo Bichette singled and moved to second on a wild pitch.
  • A Teoscar Hernandez ground out moved Bo to third.
  • Vladimir Guerrero walked.
  • Randal Grichuk singles home Bo.
  • Travis Shaw walks to load the bases.
  • Lourdes Gurriel singles home Vlad.
  • Derek Fisher singled Randal home.
  • Danny Jansen hit a sac fly to score Shaw.

We got 1 more in the sixth, on a Shaw homer, to make it 5-0 Jays.

Shun Yamaguchi cruised along until the bottom of the sixth, when he gave up 3 singles, while getting 2 outs. Jordan Romano came in and gave up another single and 2 walks to add 2 earned to Shun’s line.

Romano started the seventh, gave up a single and got a fly out. Brian Moran and loaded the bases before getting out of the inning,

We added to our lead in the ninth:

Chad Green opened the inning with a walk to Fisher. An out later Zack Britton came in and walked 3 in a row (Biggio, Bichette and Hernandez), scoring 1. The Yankees fell victim to the 3-batter rule. With the bases loaded Aroldis Chapman came in to give up a sac fly to making it 7-3 Jays. And that’s how it would end.

On the pitching side:

  • Yamaguchi went 5.2, allowed 4 hits, 3 earned, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts getting the win.
  • Romano got 2 outs, allowed 2 hits, 2 walks with a strikeout.
  • Brian Moran got 1 out, allowing a single and a walk.
  • Anthony Bass thankfully shut the door, going 2.1 with just 2 singles and earned the save.

The Yankees didn’t have an extra base hit in the game, but we gave up 9 singles and 6 walks.

On the offensive side:

We only had 6 hits (4 singles, a double (Hernandez) and a homer (Shaw) but the Yankee pitchers had trouble with the strike zone too, giving out 7 free passes. Every Jay starter reached base except for Danny Jansen (0 for 3, k, sac fly). Danny is having a rough start to the season, hitting just .063/.158/.125 (1 double in 16 at bats).

No Jay had more than one RBI.

Let’s give a JOD to Shun and Bass. And let’s have the batting order share one.

Standings after 9 Jays games. I don’t know that it is going to last but I’m enjoying it while it does:

Tomorrow Tanner Roark (0-0, 0.00 in 6 innings) goes up against J.A. Happ (0-1, 7.50 in 6 innings).