Yesterday was an off-day for the Blue Jays.
Before the game, the Jays made a roster move. Anthony Alford was designated for assignment and put on waivers. And Teoscar Hernandez was recalled from Buffalo.
Alford was hitting .191/.269/.277 with 1 home run, 1 steal and one caught stealing. He has a -0.1 WAR. He was mostly used as a defensive replacement, until Hernandez was sent down to Buffalo. After that he got more starts.
Hernandez wasn’t doing much better than Alford in Buffalo. He hit .196/.293/.275 with 1 home run in 13 games for the Bisons. The game does use ‘morale’ as a factor in the game, and I’d imagine Teoscar wouldn’t be happy in Buffalo. With the Jays, before the demotion, he was hitting .257/.329/.543 with 11 home runs in 38 games.
Blue Jays 7 Rays 2
The Jays get a win in Tropicana Field.
Shun Yamaguchi gave us a good start. 7 innings, just 4 hits, 2 earned, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts. He gave up a home run to Mike Zunino.
Jordan Romano pitched 1.2 innings, giving up a hit and 2 walks and Wilmer Font got the last out of the game.
On offense, we had 12 hits, including homers from Cavan Biggio and Travis Shaw. Randal Grichuk had 3 hits. Lourdes Gurriel, Vladimir Guerrero and Reese McGuire had 2 each. Rowdy Tellez and Hernandez were each 0 for 4.
- 1 in the first: Biggio started the game off with a home run, his 3rd of the season.
- 1 in the second: Travis Shaw hit his 17th. After a long drought he’s hit two in the last 4 games.
- 1 in the fifth: McGuire singled. An out later Gurriel singled him to third. Vlad’s single scored Reese.
- 4 in the seventh: McGuire led off with a triple (his second of the season). Biggio walked. Gurriel singled McGuire home. Vlad singled to load the bases. Bo Bichette singled home two. And Vlad scored on a Tellez double play ball.
Let’s give JoDs to Shun, Randal, Cavan and Shaw.
22,239 sim fans came out to the game, a pretty good crowd for the Rays. The Jays are 8-2 in their last 10 games.
Tomorrow Chase Anderson (1-3, 7.71 in 5 starts, 8 relief appearances) is listed to be the starter for the Jays. If it was me I’d skip him and have Nate Pearson start, as he is rested, but we will see. Ryan Yarbrough (4-5, 3.11 in 9 starts) is scheduled for the Rays.