Two wins in a row. It has a while since we’ve won two in a row.
This one wasn’t easy. After 7 innings we were down 4-0. We didn’t score in 8 of the 9 innings, but in the one inning we scored, we scored 6 runs and that was enough.
Nate Pearson had another good start. 5 innings, 7 hits allowed (all singles), 2 earned, 1 walk and only 1 strikeout. He hadn’t had a start with just 1 strikeouts until today. He gave up the 2 runs in the third inning on 4 consecutive singles. Other than that he was quite good.
Eduardo Jimenez pitched the sixth inning, giving up a run off a walk and two singles.
Rafael Dolis started the seventh, giving up a home run (Yasmani Grandal) while getting 2 outs.
Brian Moran finished off the seventh and pitched the last two innings, giving up just a run on 3 hits and a walk, with 2 strikeouts, in 2.1 inning. I think he was the only rested arm in the bullpen. Moran got the win.
- The only Jays inning that mattered was the eighth. Dylan Cease pitched the first 7 innings. Tyler Johnson came in to start the eighth.
- Derek Fisher led off and reached on an error from SS Tim Anderson.
- Randal Grichuk singled.
- Rowdy Tellez hit a fly out.
- After a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, both runs scored when second baseman Nick Madrigal booted Travis Shaw’s ground ball.
- Reese McGuire doubled home Shaw. 4-3.
- Fly out for Cavan Biggio.
- Lourdes Gurriel singled, McGuire to third.
- Vladimir Guerrero homered, making it 6-4 Blue Jays. That was it for Johnson (a little late) and Steve Cishek came in and got the last out.
We only had 5 hits on the game and 4 of them (plus 2 errors) came in the eighth.
Let’s give the JoD to Vlad for the game winning home run.
Jays are now 26-20.
Tomorrow Tanner Roark (0-2, 4.84 in 8 starts) gets the start in the first of three at home against the Astros. Lance McCullers Jr. (6-3, with a 4.02 ERA in 9 starts goes for the Cheaters. Astros are 27-20 good for first place in the AL West.
I’ll post the Astros players’ stats before the start of the series.