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OOTP Season Sim Game 68: Jays hit 4 home runs, beat Mariners

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

I took a little time away from the world today, to go for a longish bike ride to get away from the news for a bit. Came home just in time to hear Austin Martin fell to us. A hope we got the James Bond edition, with the built in flame thrower and martini maker.

As well as real world happy he is a Blue Jay, I’m happy from a OOTP Baseball player point of view. In next year’s game he should be only a couple of years away from being a major leaguer. He’ll fit in nicely to the line up.

I really figured we were going to get pitcher today, which would have been good too, but Martin looks like a guy who could be a star in a few years.

Anyway, today’s sim game:

Mariners 3 Blue Jays 10

Matt Shoemaker has had a crappy season, but this was his second good start in a row. Today he went 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 earned, 1 walk with 5 strikeouts. 68 games in, Matt gets his second win of the season. Two starts ago his ERA was 8.28, after today’s game it is 7.23.

Brian Moran, who has been up and down to the minors several times this season, threw 1.1 perfect with 2 strikeouts. Jordan Romano, who has also been back and forth between Toronto and minors a few time, pitched the last 1.2, giving up 2 solo home runs.

On offense, we had 12 hits. Lourdes Gurriel had 3. Vladimir Guerrero, Derek Fisher,and Reese McGuire had 2 each.

And we had 4 home runs:

  • Randal Grichuk hit his 12th in the fourth inning, a solo shot.
  • Rowdy Tellez hit his 6th in the seventh inning, 3-run homer. He started slow, but he’s come on of late. He’s hitting .304/.360/.565 this month, so far.
  • Fisher, his 16th, also in the seventh, 2-run homer. Fisher is hitting .299/.382/.614 this sim season. If he could come anywhere close to those numbers in real life we would be thrilled.
  • Gurriel hit his 14th in the eighth, solo.

We scored a run in each inning from the third to the sixth, then 5 in the seventh, with 1 more in the eighth to get to an even 10.

Aaron Sanchez started for the M’s and he wasn’t great, 5.2 innings, allowing 8 hits, 4 earned, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. But he made it through the game without an injury. So that’s a positive. In real life I don’t think he was likely to pitch this season.

The Jays are now 41-27, and opened a bit of space in the AL East. It seems the Mariners aren’t a great draw, we only had 26,541 sim fans at the game.

Tomorrow Tanner Roark (1-2, 4.50 ERA in 12 starts) takes the ball for the Jays. Michael Wacha (1-3, 5.59 in 5 starts) pitches for the Mariners. Wacha was signed by the Mets back in December. In the game, he had a terrible start to the season and the Mets released him. The Mariners signed him as a minor league free agent in May.