Blue Jays 1 Philles 2
Things that drive Tom crazy.
After 3 innings, Phillies starter Vince Velasquez had thrown 69 pitches. We hadn’t scored, but we were having good long at bats. The leadoff hitter walked in each of the three innings (Cavan Biggio twice and Joe Panik once). We didn’t score them, but it looked like we were going to get to the Phillies crappy bullpen early.
And then we went into swing at everything mode. Bo Bichette swung at a ball after it bounced and 2 head level in the same at bat. I don’t understand how you go from having good at bats to going into swing at everything mode all in the same game.
Velasquez ended up going 6 innings, throwing 104 pitches.
Hyun Jin Ryu was terrific. Six inning, 6 hits, 2 earned, 1 walk and 8 strikeouts.
The one inning he had troubles was the fifth. He gave up a leadoff double to Jay Bruce, who was bunted to second. And then the Phillies had 4 seeing eye singles in a row (well three, one was hit pretty good) and one was through a drawn in infield. We could use some infielders with range.
When you give up just 2 runs, you would expect a win.
Wilmer Font started the seventh, and, in typical Font fashion, walked two of the three batters he faced, leaving a mess for Ryan Borucki to clean up. Borucki got Bryce Harper and Jean Segura to hit gentle fly outs. Ryan got the first out of the eighth.
I’m ok with limiting the pitches of your one lefty in the pen but taking out a guy pitching well is always tough.
Cole came in and gave up a single and a walk and infield single. After a strikeout, a soft ground ball to short became another infield single (every hit against us seemed to be a softly hit thing that just went to the right spot, we seem to have forgotten out to turn ground balls in outs), scoring a run. Another strikeout got him out of the inning, but when you give up a run on infield singles, it just feels wrong.
Offensively, we had 2 hits. Travis Shaw’s home run and a Teoscar Henandez single. Biggio took two walks. And we had 12 strikeouts.
I love OOTP Baseball, but I hate that teams will fall into slumps and you just know the team is going to lose before the start of the game. Both hitting and pitching will fall apart. And if that doesn’t happen, there will be an error. At the moment, it is looking pretty true to life. We are in a slump and if we get good pitching the guys can’t hit. Or if we hit, we can’t pitch, or, mostly of the time we can’t do either.
What do I do in OOTP? I usually fire the hitting and pitching coaches, not that they really effect the game, but it makes me feel better.
I gotta complain, ninth inning, we need two runs, Bo leads off and pops up on the very first pitch. I understand that the first pitch might be the best one you get in an at bat, but you have to make decent contact. Tommy Hunter is just into the game, why not look at a pitch. See what he has.
Bo had 4 at bats and swung at all but 4 pitches he saw. He did foul off a lot of pitches in one at bat.
Jays of the Day: Ryan Borucki (.089). Let’s give one to Ryu too. ,
Suckage: Bichette (-.195, 0 for 4, 1 k), Gurriel (-.102, 0 for 4, 2 k) and Grichuk (-.107, 0 for 3, 1 k).
We had 572 comments in the GameThread. I led us to defeat, having more swings and misses than the Jays offense.