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OOTP Season Sim Game 86: Jays lose on Canada Day

Detroit Tigers v Toronto Blue Jays

White Sox 8 Blue Jays 6

I was hoping for a Canada Day win, but no such luck.

We’ve had a streak of good pitching, but that ended today. Tanner Roark started, but only went 4.2 giving up 4 earned on 5 hits, 4 walks with 9 strikeouts. He gets 14 outs and 9 out them were strikeouts, but then allowed 9 base runners.

Jordan Romano came in with 2 out and 1 on in the fifth. He gave up a walk and a 2-run double, before getting the last out of the inning. Then, in the sixth, he gave up a single and a 2-run homer (Yoan Moncada hit it out) before coming out of the game. In total he pitched an inning, allowed 3 hits, 3 earned, 1 walk with 2 strikeouts. He got the loss. They released Wilmer Font to make room for him and he has a 6.52 ERA.

Anthony Bass threw 2 clean innings, with 2 strikeouts.

Brian Moran gave up a single and got an out.

Eduardo Jimenez pitched the ninth, giving up another Moncado homer.

On offense, we had 7 hits and walked 6 times.

Reese McGuire had 3 hits, including a home run and drove in 2. Bo Bichette had 2 hits, including hit 24th home run and had 3 RBI. Cavan Biggio was 1 for 3 with a triple, 2 walks and our other RBI.

Derek Fisher was 0 for 5 with 2 strikeouts and he left 4 on base.

We scored:

4 in the third: Against starter Dylan Cease, McGuire hit a 1-out single, Biggio tripled him home. After a Fisher strikeout, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. walk and Bichette hit his home run. That put us up 4-1

2 in the ninth: We were own 8-4. With Evan Marshall pitching Randal Grichuk singled. Alex Colome relieved. He got Travis Shaw to strikeout and Teoscar Hernandez to fly out. Reese McGuire homered making hit 8-6. And in comes lefty Aaron Bummer to face Cavan Biggio. Cavan walked, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Fisher struck out.

Let’s give JoDs to Bo, Reese and Cavan.

Suckage to Roark, Romano and Fisher.

Edwin Encarnacion, was 0 for 4 today. He’s having a terrible time, hitting .179/.264/.339. He’s 37 now. The game does tend to think that players decline in their late 30s. I look to take guys when they are 31-32, not wanting to be stuck with them when the game decides they are past their prime.

We didn’t get a holiday bump to the attendance, only 26,237 at the ballpark (with the dome closed on a nice 22 degree day). I’m guessing the game doesn’t factor in Canada Day.

Tomorrow Chase Anderson (2-6, 7.48 in 10 starts, 10 relief appearances) is listed as starter. I can’t figure out why. The White Sox have Dallas Keuchel (4-6, 5.01 in 16 games). The White Sox are 2nd in the AL Central at 41-45, but that puts them 18.5 back of Cleveland.