With the Orioles scoring in the top of the tenth, we needed a run to tie, two to win, in the bottom of the tenth. Reese McGuire was the runner on second, and couldn’t be pinch-run for as we pinch-hit for Danny Jansen earlier. Joe Panik popped up a bunt attempt and Cavan Biggio lined out. It looked pretty grim. And then:
RANDAL GRICHUK HOMERED.
I didn’t think it was out until the O’s center fielder climbed the wall trying to make the catch.
We got a really nice start from Hyun Jin Ryu. 6 innings, 8 hits (really 7 but we’ll get to that), 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. He had a couple of double plays turned behind him.
He gave up 2 runs in the sixth, but they weren’t his fault. After a leadoff single and an out, Jose Iglesias singled to left, Lourdes had some troubles in the outfield, spinning out and digging out a big divot, then he threw the ball to, well not the cutoff man, not the second baseman, not the third baseman. Somewhere near the middle of the diamond allowing the batter to get to second. Right after Buck and Pat were saying how the ‘bad play’ we saw earlier in the season had disappeared.
A walk and a strikeout, a soft hit ground ball to Travis Shaw but Shaw bounced it to first and Vladimir Guerrero didn’t dig it out. Both runners scored. Originally ruled an error, it was changed to a hit, but how you figure two runs score on an infield hit I don’t know.
Thomas Hatch pitched a nice quick seventh.
Jordan Romano gave up a game tying home run in the eighth. In the middle of the next at bat, he came out of the game with a finger injury of some sort.
Anthony Bass came in with 1 strike and finished off the strikeout. He got through the ninth with the help of 2 caught stealing by Danny Jansen.
Rafael Dolis came in for the tenth, with the runner on second. After a sac bunt, the Jays pulled the infield in, Hanser Alberto popped one up to short center, but with the infield in and outfield back, it fell, and we were down 4-3. A fly out and a strikeout got us out of the inning.
We scored 2 in the fourth. Vlad and Teoscar Hernandez went back-to-back. And 1 in the sixth, Vlad doubled, Teoscar walked. Vlad went to third on a Lourdes Gurriel double play and scored on a wild pitch.
We had just 7 hits on the night. Vlad was the only Jay with 2 hits, homer and double. Biggio walked to keep his on base streak going at 20 games.
Danny Jansen caught 3 stealing (well I guess 2, one was called just a put out). Danny couldn’t make a decent throw to second at all earlier in the season.
Jays of the Day: Grichuk (.839 WPA), Vlad (.269), Bass (.174), Hatch (.099) and Ryu (.095).
Suckage: Gurriel (-.226, plus the bad throw), Panik (-.117) and Romano (-.149). Dolis had a negative number too but that’s because FanGraphs doesn’t know how to deal with the runner on second.
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