There was a bit of MLB news:
- The Pirates traded Chris Archer to the Red Sox for Triston Casas (3B), Denyi Reyes (RHP) and Irvin Villarroel (RHP). Archer has a 6.06 ERA and a 2-5 record in 12 starts. His FIP is 4.14 so he’s had some bad luck. The Red Sox are 3.5 games back of the Jays.
Nate Pearson gave us another good start. 5.2 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned (Harrison Bader hit a home run off him, the Cardinals only extra base hit of the game), 2 walks with 5 strikeouts. If he could pitch a little deeper into games it would be nice but a 5-2 record and a 2.65 ERA is a nice thing to have in our rotation.
We had 3.1 scoreless innings of relief work:
- Eduardo Jimenez got the last out of the sixth inning and the first out of the seventh. He gave up 2 hits and had a strikeouts.
- Wilmer Font got the last 2 outs of the seventh allowing a single.
- Chase Anderson pitched the last 2 innings, giving up a hit and a walk with 3 strikeouts.
We managed 13 hits (and no walks) on the offensive side. The 2 through 7th spots got all the hits. Vladimir Guerrero had 3. Lourdes Gurriel, Bo Bichette, Travis Shaw, Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez had 2 each. Shaw and Grichuk drove in 3 runs each.
- 1 in the fourth: Grichuk and Hernandez started off the inning with back-to-bck singles. Reese McGuire reached on error to load the bases. Grichuk scored on a wild pitch but that was the only run we got out of the bases loaded no outs situation.
- 2 in the fifth: Bo tripled and Shaw hit his 18th home run of the season.
- 3 in the seventh: Teoscar and Vlad started off the inning with back-to-back singled and Grichuk homered to make it 7-1.
Biggio had a rough day going 0 for 5 with 4 strikeouts.
The Jays gave Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty his second loss of the season.
Let’s give JoDs to Pearson, Vlad, Grichuk and Shaw.
The Jays have a 3.5 game lead in the AL East.
Tomorrow is an off-day for the Blue Jays.
The team has said that Hyun-Jin Ryu came out of yesterday’s game with ‘back tightness’. He will be day-to-day for about a week. I’m not sure if the team will push his next start back a bit, but, with the off-day, they should be able to give him an extra couple of days without messing up the rotation.
On Wednesday they start a 4-game series with the Rangers (with an off-day after the series).
The Jays have a few players near the top of the league in various stats:
- Bichette and Shaw are tied for second in the AL in home runs at 18.
- Bichette is third in RBI at 45.
- Fisher is second in OPS at .984.