It has been awhile. But there is no news today and I want to finish this, so I’m going to do a series at a time.
When we last saw the sim Blue Jays they had lost to the Yankees, bringing their losing streak to 4 games. But they were still in first place:
The offense was sleeping.
I’ll cover the games of August 23 to 26, the last game of four against the Yankees and a 3-game series in KC (the series that Minor Leaguer and I had planned to attend before the world changed).
Jays 2 Yankees 5
Losing streak goes to 5 games.
Aaron Sanchez (picked up in trade at the deadline) went 6.1, allowed 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts.
Our offense only managed 5 hits against Gerrit Cole and two relievers. Our runs scored on a Derek Fisher home run, his 26th of the season.
Jays 1 Royals 5
Losing streak goes to 6 games.
Hyun-Jin Ryu had a bad start, going just 3.2 innings, allowing 6 hits, 5 earned, 0 walks and 4 strikeouts. He gave up 3 home runs: Alex Gordon (5th of the season, solo), Kelvin Gutierrez (2nd, 2-run home, his 12th game of the season) and Jorge Soler (25th, solo).
On the offensive side, we only had 6 hits against 5 KC pitchers (the Royals used an opener).
And the big news, Travis Shaw (with 33 home runs on the season, second on the team), came our of the game with an ‘oblique strain). He was put on the IL, but should be back after his 10 days. Alejandro Kirk gets called up to take his roster spot. Kirk started the season in New Hampshire, hit .272/.395/.446 in 82 games. Moved to Buffalo, he was crushing it, .372/.443/.500 in 23 games.
Jays 5 Royals 1
The losing streak ends.
Tanner Roark pitch 7 shutout innings, his best start of the season. Unfortunately for him, the Jays scored just 1 run for him. Eduardo Jimenez pitched the 8th, giving up a tying run, on 2 hits. He got the win when we scored 4 in the ninth. Even though it wasn’t a save, Ken Giles pitched the ninth.
Our run in the seventh came on consecutive singles from Rowdy Tellez, Derek Fisher and Randal Grichuk, to lead off the inning but we just got the one run.
In the ninth, Grichuk singled, Kirk, pinch-hitting, doubled him home. Joe Panik, DHing, singled home Kirk. Cavan Biggio singled. Lourdes Gurriel had a RBI ground out and Vladimir Guerrero doubled home Biggio.
Sim Charlie didn’t let Kirk catch the bottom of the inning, even though Kirk pinch hit for McGuire. We had 13 hits.
Jays 0 Royals 2
The win streak was short lived.
Nate Pearson allowed just a run in 6 innings (on a Soler home run), 4 hit, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Rafael Dolis gave up the other run, pitching the last 2 innings.
We only managed 2 hits in 8 innings against Danny Duffy. A pretty sad effort.
Amazingly, the Jays are still tied for first. But they are going to have to start hitting.