So it is official, the Jays pitchers are in a slump. OOTP does seem to have teams go into slumps at least once a season. 40 games in we have finally hit a slump.
Hyun-Jin Ryu had his first really bad start of the season, going 5.2 innings, allowing 13 hits, 6 earned, 1 homer, still no walks (he hasn’t given out a walk in his last 6 starts), with 2 strikeouts. Ryu gave up a run in each of the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, and then 2 runs in the sixth
Wilmer Font gave up 2 more runs in his 1.1 innings. Rafael Dolis finished the eighth, without allowing another run.
We managed 10 hits. Travis Shaw had 3 (but still no home runs, that’s now 7 games without a home run). Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero and Derek Fisher had 2 each. New callup, Rowdy Tellez went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts, in the DH spot. I’m going to give the game a week to get Teoscar back up and if they haven’t I’ll do it myself.
Fisher hit 2 home runs (bringing his total up to 10, a new career high) and Bichette hit one (also his 10th).
1 in the third: Bichette homered.
3 in the fifth: Fisher led off with a homer. Then Shaw singled, Cavan Biggio walked and Reese McGuire singled home Shaw. And Vlad singled home McGuire. That gave us a 4-3 lead. Unfortunately we led the Rangers tie things up in the bottom of the inning and then go up by two the next inning.
1 in the ninth: Fisher again started off the inning with a home run. Shaw and Biggo reached base to bring the tying run to the plate, but McGuire struck out, Bichette lined out and Lourdes Gurriel struck out.
Let’s give a JoD to Fisher.
The Jays are now 23-17, now tied for first with the Red Sox.
Tomorrow Nate Pearson (3-2, 3.00 in 8 starts) tries to end the slump. Jordan Lyles (4-1, 2.88 in 7 starts) goes for the Rangers.
40 games in stats.