Blue Jays 3 Yankees 1
I was very impressed by T.J. Zeuch today. 4 innings, just 3 singles, 1 walk, and only strikeout. It was just 4 innings, but nothing was hit hard. He walked one batter in the fourth. I felt he was tiring, and I’m happy Charlie didn’t wait until the tiredness cost us. But then he might have had another inning in him. I was just happy not to test it.
Trent Thornton pitched the fifth. He had a bloop single against him (these bloop singles are turning my hair gray). I thought Teoscar Hernandez should have got to it. Vladimir Guerrero could have got to it too, maybe, but it seemed like Marcus Semien called him off and then didn’t get there. Clint Frazier got to second on it, moved to third on a flyout to center, and scored on a ground out.
Thornton got the first out of the sixth. Ryan Borucki came in with one on and one out and got out of the inning.
David Phelps and Jordan Romano had very nice innings as well (we wanted Romano to stay in for the ninth, but Merryweather got the inning, and he was unhittable, picking up his second save of the season.
Offensively, we got our runs in the third inning. Vlad led off with a home run, and Randal Grichuk had a two-run shot (Lourdes Gurriel singled in between).
We should have scored more. We were 1 for 5 with RISP. We loaded the bases in the fourth and didn’t score.
Domingo German wasn’t good (and it couldn’t happen to a better guy). On the other hand, Michael King was terrific out of the Yankees’ pen, going 6 innings with just 1 hit allowed.
Of note, Bo Bichette had his 100th MLB hit.
Our defense was excellent today. Bo deserves special mention. He made few good plays from short.
And Vlad didn’t have to do big splits to make any plays. The throws to first were much better today.
Jays of the Day: Zeuch (.207 WPA), Borucki (.103), Merryweather (.102), Romano (.097), Grichuk (.108), and I’m giving Vlad one (only .086). Let’s give an honorable mention to Bo for his defense.
Suckage: No one. Semien had the low mark at -.085, but he had a couple of hard-hit balls find gloves, and he made a terrific catch on a line drive that was traveling at 114 mph.
Tomorrow the Jays play the Rangers (in front of a full park; apparently, these Texans are crazy). The game time is 4:00 Eastern. Be careful, Jays. The Vancouver Canucks should be a cautionary tale.
We had 699 comments in the GameThread. I led us to victory. I’m going to put here that we aren’t here to debate vaccines. If you have a degree in cellular and molecular biology, you can debate vaccines with me, BUT NOT HERE.
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