The sim Jays have a 3 game series in Seattle. I’ll do that series today.
The Mariners are 41-62 going into the series. Jays are 61-42.
Blue Jays 4 Mariners 2
Sim Hyun-Jin Ryu has been a lot better than real life Hyun-Jin Ryu was in his first couple of starts. Today he went 5 innings, allowed 5 hits, 2 earned, 1 walk with 6 strikeouts. Seattle scored 1 in the second inning, Kevin Pillar (who the M’s picked up off waivers from the Red Sox back in April) had a 1-out single, stole second and scored on a Dee Gordon single. Pillar is hitting .264/.288/.390 with 9 steals in 78 games for the Mariners. And 1 in the fifth, Mallez Smith was hit by pitch (and was injuried and left the game. No word on how long he’ll be out). A walk moved pitch-runner Dylan Moore to second. He went to third on a ground out and scored on an error on a pickoff throw to first.
Dany Jimenez threw 2.1 scoreless. Eduardo Jimenez got the last 2 outs of the eight and Ken Giles threw a perfect ninth for his 23rd save.
On offense, we only managed 6 hits but 3 were home runs. Vladimir Guerrero had 2 solo homers and Randal Grichuk had 1.
The other run scored in the sixth. Vlad reached on an error by shortstop J.P. Crawford.He moved to second then third on walks to Bo Bichette and Randal Grichuk and scored on a Danny Jansen sac fly.
Let’s give JoDs to Vlad, Ryu, Dany Jimenez.
23309 mostly Blue Jays sim fans showed up at T-Mobile Park, annoying the handful of sim Mariner fans in attendance.
Jays are now 62-42, 5.5 games up on the Yankees.
After the game Dany Jimenez was sent down to New Hampshire. Waiver pickup Kyle Crochett was added to the Jays roster. Also of note, Alejandro Kirk was promoted to Buffalo from New Hampshire.
Blue Jays 3 Mariners 2
Anthony Kay, making his 4th start of the season, was excellent. 6.2 innings, 4 hits, 1 earned (a solo homer by Kevin Pillar), 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Kay is now 1-0.
Rafael Dolis went 1.1, allowing 1 hit, 1 walk with 2 k. Ken Giles started the ninth. He gave up 2 hits, 1 earned, 1 walk getting 2 outs, before being pulled. He pitched yesterday so likely tired. Giles gave up a single, walk, then 2 sac flies moving the runner from second to third to home. After Nick Markakis singled to put runners on the corners, sim Charlie pulled Giles (something real Charlie would never do). Eduardo Jimenez got the last out, getting his 5th save. Giles got his 5th hold.
Again we didn’t hit much, just 5 hits, but 2 were home runs. Reese McGuire (his 7th) and Bo Bichette (his 30th) had solo homers. Bichette drove in our other run with a sac fly in the eighth, which turned out to be a needed run.
Only 18519 at the game, some sim Jays tourists decided to check out Pikes Place instead of watching another win.
JoD: Kay, Bo, Eduardo Jimenez.
Jays are 63-42, 5.5 games up on the Yankees.
After the game Shun Yamaguchi was placed on the 60-day IL with a torn triceps muscle. Someone with the unusual name Sam Coonrod was called up from New Hampshire. He was a minor league signing July 20th. He’s a 27-year-old RHP. Made 30 appearances for the Giants, last year, with a 3.58 ERA.
In MLB news:
- Joey Votto hit his 300th home run. He’s hitting .280/.387/.459 with 16 home runs in the sim season.
- The Mariners traded 26-year-old CF Braden Bishop (hittnig .210/.257/.273 in 49 games for the M’s) to the Diamondbacks for 24-year-old, minor league 1B Pavin Smith (hitting .313/371/547 in 94 Triple A games).
- The Twins traded 23-year-old RF Trevor Larnach (hitting .289/.381/.468 at Double A) and 23-year-old RHP Javier Medina (4.50 ERA in 30 games at Single A) to the Pirates for 27-year-old reliever Keone Kelo (3.29 ERA in 44 games with 7 saves) and 22-year-old RHP Cody Bolton (3.97 ERA in 16 starts at Double A).
Blue Jays 8 Mariners 5
Jays complete the sweep of the Mariners.
It was a big comeback win. We were down 4-3 going into the eight, then scored 2 in the eighth and 3 in the ninth. We scored:
- 3 in the first: Cavan Biggio led off with a double. Lourdes Gurriel followed with a home run. An out later, Bo Bichette hit his 31st home run.
- 2 in the eighth: Shaw started it off with a walk. An out later Danny Jansen his his 7th of the season.
- 3 in the ninth: Vlad walked and he stole second (his 3rd steal of the season). An out later Rowdy Tellez walked. Travis Shaw hit his 27th of the season (5 short of his career high).
We had 11 hits. Bo had 4, Cavan 3 and Danny 2.
Nate Pearson wasn’t great. 5 innings, 4 hits, 4 earned, 2 walks, 5 k with 2 home runs Nick Markakis had one. He was picked up by the Mariners on waivers from the Braves (he was hitting just .116/.156/.233 for the Braves) in early June. He’s hitting .234/.308/.340 for the Mariners. And Mallex Smith (whose injury, from yesterday’s game wasn’t that bad apparently) had the other.
New pickup Kyle Crockett pitched 1.1 with 2 hits but no runs. He came out of the game with a shoulder strain. He’s day-to-day for about a week.
Anthony Bass followed with 2.1 innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 earned (J.P. Crawford took him deep). He got the win. He came out after a 1-out single in the ninth.
Our newly called up Sam Coonrod got the last out, earning his first major league save.
JoDs to Bo, Cavan, Danny.
16,559 came to the game. That really doesn’t sound right, cause at least 25000 of us Jays fan make the trip to Seattle each year.
Jays are now 64-42. The Rays jumped the Yankees in the standings:
Tomorrow I’ll post the three game series with the Angels.