For old guys like me, some things are frustrating.
Tanner Roark, through 4 innings, allowed 2 hits (both homers), 3 walks and 3 strikeouts, leaving the inning with 68 pitches.
And he comes out of the game.
I know, this is the way it is going to be, this season. That starters, for the most part, are going to only go twice through the order. And I get there is a lot of stats showing it is smart.
But 68 pitches.
I’m going to have to live with it this year. Next year, with (God willing) fewer pitchers in the pen and (again God willing), 162 games, I don’t think we can go with this plan.
Honestly, I shouldn’t complain too much. Our bullpen is doing much much better than I would have expected, especially with Giles and Romano out.
Or, to put it differently, this is the way it is, stop complaining.
Anyway Ross Stripling comes in and he had a rough fifth inning. It went single, ground out, single, walk, strikeout, 3-run double, ground out.
After that he went 2.1 very good innings, but the damage was done.
Ryan Borucki got the last 2 outs of the eighth. Sean Reid Foley pitched the ninth, looking much better than he did in his last appearance. He was hurt by some bad defense and an umpire who wouldn’t give him a call on a perfect pitch. He gave up a hit and a walk, and 2 unearned runs.
Roark didn’t like being taken out early either:
"I think that's horsecrap." A clearly frustrated #Bluejays starter Tanner Roark at getting the early hook. Not a fan of the "computers" that are deciding outing lengths.— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) September 10, 2020
Offensively, we did little. 6 hits total, no walks. We did have a fair number of hard hit balls that found gloves. No Jay had more than one hit.
Yankees’ starter Deivi Garcia was terrific, going 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 earned with 6 strikeouts.
Our 2 runs came on a Derek Fisher home run in the second inning.
The play I want to complain about happened in the bottom of the eighth. Two outs, down by 3, Randal Grichuk on first after a single and he gets caught stealing second to end the inning. It is just stupid baseball.
If he was safe it wouldn’t have improved our WPA. His run doesn’t matter, it is 2 runs after him that matter.
It is just another in a season of bad base running choices.
The other interest thing was Lourdes Gurriel playing first in the ninth inning, which almost got us another injured player. First batter of the ninth, D.J. LeMahieu, ground a fairly easy one to short, but Jonathan Villar threw wide of first and Lourdes got his arm in the way of D.J. trying to make the play. I’ve seen guys badly injured on that type of play. Had Lourdes been injured, I can’t see how you wouldn’t fire Charlie. Villar must have the highest percentage of crappy throws that I’ve seen from a middle infielder.
Villar made a very nice play later in the inning, hard ground ball that Travis Shaw, at third, gets a glove on but just deflects it into the air. Villar barehanded it, before it hit the ground and made a great throw to first (this time).
Jay of the Day: Derek Fisher (.159 WPA).
Suckage: Stripling (-.236) and Grichuk (-.101, 1 for 3, 2 k and the stupid caught stealing).
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