A couple of bits of sim MLB news:
- Rangers Joey Gallo is out for the season with a broken bone in his elbow. He was hitting .204/.352/.459 with 9 home runs in 46 games before the injury.
- And James Paxton is out for the season with a torn flexor tendon in his elbow. He was rehabbing after preseason surgery in Triple-A when this injury occurred.
- Elvis Luciano, who was pitching for Dunedin, is going on the 7-day IL with a mild shoulder strain. Elvis is 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 8 starts for Dunedin.
The Jays take their second series in a row, winning two of three at home against the Astros.
We got a good start from Shun Yamaguchi. 6.1 innings, 8 hits, 3 earned, 1 walk with 4 strikeouts, after he had 3 bad starts in a row.
Brian Moran (0.2, 7th hold), Anthony Bass (1.0, 5th hold) and Ken Giles (1.0, 9th save) pitched 2.2 scoreless innings to hold on to the win.
On offense, we only managed 5 hits, but we scored 5 runs.
We had a 4-run, third inning, with all the runs scores coming after 2-outs:
Anthony Alford and Vladimir Guerrero had back-to-back doubles. Vlad scored on Bo Bichette’s single. And Rowdy Tellez finished the scoring with a 2-run home run.
We got the other run in the sixth:
Randal Grichuk was hit by pitch, went to third on Derek Fisher’s single and scored on a sac fly from Travis Shaw (who now has gone 16 games without a home run).
Fisher was the only Jay to reach base twice, getting a walk to go with his single.
Jose Altuve left the game in the seventh inning, after being hit by pitch by Moran. He’ll be day-to-day for about a week with an elbow contusion. Astro players have been hit by pitch 19 times this season, but Blue Jays hitters have been hit 20 times, so it doesn’t look like sim pitchers have been trying to even the score with the cheaters.
Let’s give a JoD to Tellez.
Jays remain atop a tight AL East:
Tomorrow we start a 4-game series with the AL East last place Orioles (18-30). Orioles have Keyvius Sampson (1-3, 6.75 ERA in 9 starts) going. Jays go with Chase Anderson (1-2, 7.84) starting. It is Chase’s first start since returning to the rotation, filling in for the injured Ryu.
Here are the Orioles stats going into this series (they have pitcher Alex Cobb on the IL):