Blue Jays: 2 Red Sox: 4
Tom has been sidelined tonight due to lack of cable service, so I have been called up from the ALT site to fill in. I promised I’d convey Tom’s frustrations, who was in a good mood until he lost both his cable and WiFi. Unfortunately, by the time he got it back the Jays were down 4-1, so I’m sure his mood did not improve.
I had hoped the Jays could cool down the Red Sox’ hot bats while heating theirs up, but sadly, the Jays bats stayed frozen and the Red Sox were hitting like we all thought the Jays would. Unfortunately, the Jays had nay but two hits through the sixth, both by Bo Bichette.
Grichuk homered in the 7th, cutting the deficit to two and chasing Rodriguez from the game. The 8th inning featured Josh Palacios pinch hitting for Alejandro Kirk, something that I didn’t predict going into the game, especially since Jansen was on deck. Montoyo also pinch hit Rowdy for Espinal, pushing Vlad to play 3rd for the last couple innings. Grichuk tagged on another single in the 9th for the fourth hit of the game.
As EMK19 pointed out in the GameThread, despite the Jays playing the Red Sox ten times last year, this was Ryu’s first start against them as a Blue Jay. Ryu started out really well, throwing only 39 pitches in the first three innings. He was very effective and efficient, save for a JD Martinez 385 ft out to deep center, and Xander Bogaerts had a double in the 2nd, on a ball that went over Gurriel’s head.
Bichette’s first hit gave the Jays their first run in the top of the 4th when he launched an Eduardo Rodriguez offering over the Green Monster and out of the ballpark:
Unfortunately, the lead didn’t last long. In the bottom of the 4th, Christian Arroyo and JD Martinez had back to back singles, then Xander Bogaerts hit one into the seats on top of the Green Monster to give the Sox a 3-1 lead. For good measure, the Sox tacked on a 4th run when *checks notes* Bobby Dalbec tripled home Marwin Gonzalez.
The 5th inning was also eventful in all the wrong ways. Arroyo doubled, then JD Martinez reached on an error when Bichette bobbled the ball, putting two on with one out, but they didn’t score.
Joel Payamps was handed the ball for the 6th, and pitched a clean inning. He also got the first two outs of the 7th, gave up just a single before Anthony Castro came in to get the last out. Castro pitched a clean 8th.
No Jays of the day, but we’ll give one to Bo and Grichuk for collectively providing the Jays entire offense, and the bullpen for holding down the Red Sox offense.
Suckage: Everyone else in the batting lineup who had 0-fers
We had 584 comments in the game thread. EMK19 pulled out the win.
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Tomorrow, Garrett Richards will be facing TBD. Same time, same place but hopefully a different result.