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OOTP Season Sim Game 91: Jays win fourth in a row

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

There was a trade in the sim majors:

The Royals sent reliever Trevor Rosenthal (2.48 ERA in 40 games) and minor league catcher Nathan Eaton (playing in high-A, hitting .214/.322/.350) to the Mets for minor league catcher Matt O’Neill (playing in low-A, I don’t think he’s a prospect) and minor league pitcher Kevin Smith (3.72 ERA in 16 starts at Double A).

This was Monday’s game.

Blue Jays 8 Red Sox 5

The win streak reaches four.

Anthony Kay made his first MLB start of the season. It didn’t go well. He pitched 4.1 innings, allowed 7 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 1 walk, with 4 strikeouts. He gave up a home run to Jackie Bradley Jr. The unearned run came because of a Bo Bichette error.

Our bullpen was terrific again. 4.2 scoreless innings:

  • Chase Anderson, booted out of the rotation, pitched 1.2 scoreless, giving up 2 hits, with 3 strikeouts. He came into the game with 1-out and a runner on second and got out of the inning, without the runner scoring. He got through the sixth with just a single. He gave up a single to start off the seventh and in came
  • Rafael Dolis. Dolis got out of the inning, giving up a single. In the eighth he got a strikeout and gave up a single. That brought in
  • Eduardo Jimenez, who gave up a single but got out of the inning.
  • Ken Giles had a quick 9th, getting a strikeout, for his 21st save.

The Jays starters are 14th in ERA in the AL, but our bullpen is 6th in ERA.

On the offensive side, we had 11 hits, with 4 home runs.

We scored:

  • 3 in the first: With one out, Lourdes Gurriel singled. Vladimir followed with a single plus an error to Andrew Benintendi which moved the runners up to second and third. Bo Bichette homered, his 25th. And the 3 RBI bring him up to 71. If he continues at this pace he’d finish with 126.
  • 1 in the fourth: Randal Grichuk tripled and scored on a Derek Fisher single.
  • 2 in the sixth: Solo homers from Grichuk and Danny Jansen.
  • 1 in the eighth: With one out, Rowdy Tellez doubled. Grichuk was intentionally walked and Derek Fisher walked unintentionally. Jansen singled to bring in Tellez.
  • 1 in the ninth: Gurriel homered.

We had 2 hits each from Gurriel, Grichuk and Jansen. Everyone else in the lineup had 1 hit except for Travis Shaw, 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts.

Fisher started the season great but he’s been, well, more Fisher like of late. He hit .194/.353/.403 in June and July hasn’t started any better (.118/.318/.118 in 5 games).

Of note: J.D. Martinez was injured running the bases and was put on the IL. The Red Sox made a few moves after the game.

  • Reliever Austin Brice was DFAed. He had a 4.09 ERA in 7 relief appearances.
  • RHP Marcus Walden was called up. He had a 7.63 ERA in 16 games for the Red Sox and a 12.00 ERA in 3 games in AAA.
  • LHP Matt Hall was called up again too. He had a 5.72 ERA after 7 starts for the Red Sox and a 3.59 ERA in 10 AAA starts. Hall goes into the rotation.

There were 37,333 sim fans at Fenway, about 300 short of capacity.

Tomorrow (well Tuesday’s game) will have Eduardo Rodriguez (6-5, 3.47 ERA in 18 starts) starting for the Red Sox. Tanner Roark (1-3, 4.97 ERA in 16 starts) gets the ball for the Jays.