There were bits of Sim World news.
- After the game Hyun-Jin Ryu was activated from the IL and Brian Moran was sent to the Fisher Cats.
And they made a number of minor league moves:
- Cullen Large promoted from AA to AAA. He was hitting .260/.391/.384 at New Hampshire.
- Logan Warmoth promoted from Dunedin to New Hampshire. He was hitting .242/.358/.295.
- Vinny Capra promoted from Dunedin to New Hampshire. He was hitting .317/.407/.467.
- West Tunnell, a minor league signing in April, was promoted from Dunedin to New Hampshire. He had a 3.29 ERA in 10 games at Dunedin.
- Deiferson Barreto promoted from Dunedin to New Hampshire. He was hitting .288/.348/.339 in New Hampshire.
- Otto Lopez moves from Vancouver to Lansing.
There was a number of other moves but those were the most recognizable names.
And May award came out in different leagues:
- Kyle Johnston was pitcher of the month in the Mid-West League. He was 5-0 with a 2.00 ERA in 6 May starts. He had 37 strikeouts in 36 innings.
- Griffin Conine was the hitter of the month in the Florida State League. He hit .277/378/.574 with 8 home runs and 19 RBI in 28 games.
- Ryan Noda was hitter of the month in the Eastern League. He hit .286/.440/.520 with 6 home runs and 17 RBI in 30 games.
- And best yet, Bo Bichette was named hitter of the month in the AL. He hit .328/.388/.736 with 15 home runs and 36 RBI in May. Helped along by playing 11 games against the Orioles. Bichette was also player of the week in the AL. He hit .438 with 5 home runs in the week.
- And voting numbers for the All-Star game have come out. This is early in the race still. Travis Shaw has moved into third place in voting for first basemen:
And we have pitchers in the running too:
And finally today’s game:
Blue Jays 16 Orioles 6
Jays sweep the four games. They scored 61 runs in the four games. We allowed 26 runs. Both teams had tired pitching staffs. I’ve alway found, playing this game, that having one starter who you can count on for 7-8 innings is really important.
We got a decent from Shun Yamaguchi. He went 6.2 innings, allowed 7 hits, 5 earned, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. Yeah 5 runs isn’t great, but when your side scores 16, getting 6.2 innings is very useful. Shun had a 3 pitch third inning.
Brian Moran (who was sent out to New Hampshire after the game) went 1.1 clean and Anthony Bass allowed a run in the ninth inning, not that it mattered by then.
On offense we had 13 hits and 12 walks. Again the Orioles used a bunch of pitchers, 9 in this game (but no position players).
Bichette had 3 hits (all doubles). Cavan Biggio (including our only homer of the game) Vladimir Guerrero, Randal Grichuk and Rowdy Tellez had 2 each. Derek Fisher and Grichuk had 3 walks each.
Biggio might be coming out of his early season funk. He’s hit .258/.395/.484 with 2 home runs and 7 walks in his last 7 games. He still doesn’t have a steal this season.
2 in the fourth: Vlad led off with a single. Bo walked. Fisher walked to load the bases. Grichuk walked to bring home Vlad. Tellez singled home Bo.
5 in the sixth: Bo led off with a double. Randal walked. Tellez was hit by pitch, loading the bases. Drury singled home two. Biggio homered, bringing home three move.
8 in the eighth: Reese McGuire started us off with a single. Drury, Biggio, Teoscar and Vlad walked. 2 runs in. Bo doubled 2 more in. Fisher walked. Randal singled home two. Tellez doubled home one more. And a wild pitch scored the 8th run of the inning.
1 in the ninth: Vlad singled and score on Bo’s double.
We might as well give JoD’s to the batting lineup. And one for Shun for getting 6.2 innings when we needed them.
Travis Shaw sat out for the first time of the season. Three batters, Bo, Vlad and Travis have played in 59 games.
Amazingly, 60 games in, the Jays are still out in first play. And with a bit of a cushion. And Ryu is back from the IL. If this was real life I’d feel pretty good about things.
Tomorrow we start a two game series with the Cardinals in St. Louis. Ryu starts (4-2, 3.02 in 10 starts). We could use a complete game. He has 1 this season. Miles Mikolas (3-2, 2.11 in 8 starts).
The Cards are 31-28, second place in the NL Central, 10 games back of the Cubs.