Not much for pregame news today but
- Evan Longoria hit his 300th career home run. He isn’t having a good season, hitting just .165/.203/.298 with 3 home runs in 32 games.
Yesterday the Jays scored 3 runs in the ninth and managed to grab a victory. Today they scored 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth but they needed 4.
In the ninth, with starter Jordan Montgomery still in the game, Vladimir Guerrero hit a one-out singled and Lourdes Gurriel followed up with a home run. That was it for Montgomery. Aroldis Chapman came in and, on his second pitch, gave up a home run to Derek Fisher (pretty good, lefty against lefty) to make it a one-run game. But Danny Jansen ground out and Travis Shaw popped out and that was the game.
Before the ninth we didn’t do much on offense. In 8 innings we managed 4 hits and 2 runs off Montgomery. We scored one in the first on a Randal Grichuk home run. And one in the fifth on a Travis Shaw home run (number 15 on the season).
We had 7 hits in all, 4 of them home runs. All our runs scored on the home runs, so I can imagine Buck and Pat complaining about how they rely on the home run.
On the pitching side Matt Shoemaker had another bad start. He went just 4.2 innings, giving up 6 hits, 6 earned, no walks, 4 strikeouts with 2 home runs. He gave up 2 runs in the 3rd on a hit batter, double an a pair of sac flies. And 4 in the fifth, off a pair of 2-run homers from Brett Gardner (his 4th of the season) and Aaron Judge (his 5th).
Chase Anderson, who had been so terrible in his 4 starts, was great in relief. 4.1 scoreless innings, 2 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. He has a 10.26 ERA in 4 starts and a 4.05 ERA in 3 relief appearances.
The Jays are now 20-13. I was hoping for a sweep, but I’ll take two of three.
Tomorrow we start a three game series with the Orioles at Rogers Centre. Shun Yamaguchi (2-0, 2.08) gets his first start since being put back into the rotation. Keyvius Sampson (1-1, with a 5.40 ERA in 6 starts).