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OOTP Season Sim Game 74: Jays lose in extras, drop out of first place

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rays 4 Jays 3 (10 innings)

The Jays have been in first place since the start of the season, but they are now in second. They are leading the Wild Card race, but that’s a close race.

We didn’t do much on offense, only had 6 hits and scored our 3 runs in the sixth:

Reese McGuire led off with a walk. An out later, Derek Fisher and Lourdes Gurriel hit back-to-back home runs, which tied the game at 3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. followed with a double and Bo Bichette singled but they were left on base. And that would be the end of our scoring, we’d only have two more singles the rest of the way.

Fisher had 2 hits, no one else had more than 1. Teoscar Hernandez went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts.

Tanner Roark pitched 5.1 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Not a great outing, but better than we’ve had for a few days. The unearned run came on a Bo Bichette error. With Kevin Kiermaier on first, Bichette threw away a Willy Adams ground ball, allowing Kiermaier to score from first.

Eduardo Jimenez pitched 3 excellent innings of relief, giving up just one hit.

Ken Giles came into the game with 1 out in the ninth. He gave up a double, single and walk to load the bases, before getting out of the inning.

Rafael Dolis started the tenth. He got an out, then gave up a double and 2 walks to load the bases. Sim Charlie had seen enough, bringing in Anthony Bass. Bass gave up a sac fly to allow the winning run.

The Jays are now 42-32:

Tomorrow Shun Yamaguchi (6-3, 5.31 in 9 starts, 8 relief appearances) tries to save us from a sweep at the hands of the Rays. Brandan McKay (7-1, 1.94 in 14 starts) goes for the Rays. It is battle of rookies, McKay is leading rookies with 7 wins, but Shun is only 1 win behind (if you consider a 33-year-old from the NPB a rookie).