This is yesterday’s game, I didn’t get around to it, so we’ll do two today.
Before the game the latest All-Star vote numbers were released, the only Jay in the running for any position is Ken Giles:
I’ll put up the rest of the voting at the end.
In Jays minor league news, Adam Kloffenstein was demoted from Lansing to Vancouver. He was 2-5 with a 5.40 ERA in 13 starts for the Lugnuts. In 60 innings, he allowed 32 walks and had 29 strikeouts, so I can see why they would send him down a level.
We got an excellent start from Nate Pearson. 6 innings, 5 hits, 2 run, 1 earned, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. He gave up a run in the first, on a C.J. Cron single, Kenny Vargas walk and Jeimer Candelario double. In the second, with one out, Dawel Lugo reached on a Bo Bichette two-base error and then scored on a Cameron Maybin single.
Unfortunately for Nate, the offense didn’t score put us out in front until after he left the game.
We got 3 innings of scoreless work from our bullpen:
- Brian Moran only got 1 out, giving up a single and a walk before he could be pulled (stupid 3 batter rule).
- Eduardo Jimenez went 1.2 innings, giving up just a single, and getting a strikeout. Jimenez picked up his 3rd win of the season.
- Ken Giles pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a single, and getting 3 strikeouts, for his 11th save of the season.
Our pitchers were helped out by Danny Jansen throwing out 2 Tigers trying to steal.
The offense had 11 hits. Cavan Biggio was the star of the game, hitting 2 home runs. Biggio started off the game with a home run and had another solo homer in the eighth, which turned out to be the game winning run.
We also scored:
- One in the sixth: Travis Shaw led off the inning with a double and scored on a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. single.
- Two in the ninth: Bichette led off with a double. The Tigers, in their finite wisdom, intentionally walked Rowdy Tellez. Tellez is hitting .228/.304/.495 this season, but he is having a pretty good June, hitting .267/.33/.567 in 8 games. After a Randal Grichuk strikeout, Derek Fisher was also intentionally walked to load the bases. I can’t imagine a team walking Fisher to load the bases (though he is hitting .286/.375/.587 with 16 home runs in sim-land. Jansen ground in to a 4-2 force out, but Travis Shaw singled home two.
Biggio, Vlad, Bichette, Grichuk, and Shaw each had 2 hits.
Jordan Zimmermann came within an out of a complete game, a pretty amazing thing since he gave up 10 hits.
After the win the Jays are 42-29.
Tomorrow (well, actually today) Chase Anderson (2-5, 8.01 in 7 starts and 10 relief appearances) gets another start. I don’t know why. Our old friend, Daniel Norris (6-5, 5.18 in 14 starts), gets the start for the Tigers.
All Star voting: