Red Sox 0 Blue Jays 8
There are few things better than beating the Red Sox.
Hyun Jin Ryu was just amazing. 7 innings, just 4 hits (really 3, one should have been a Bo Bichette error), no walks, and 7 strikeouts. He makes it look so easy.
The Red Sox got runners on first and third with one out, in the fourth inning (with the help of the ‘should have been an error’ by Bo), and then Ryu flicked a switch to get into a higher gear and got out of the inning.
It looks so easy for him.
Travis Bergen started the eighth. After an out, he walked Bobby Dalbec on four pitches then gave up a single. A strikeout later, Tyler Chatwood came into the game to get the third out.
Rafael Dolis pitched the ninth, just to get some work after being out on the IL. He tried to drag things out as long as he could. He reminds me of the National Anthem singers who try to drag it out as long as they can to get more screen time.
The offense was great.
We had 18 hits (we outhit the Sox 18-5), and just one home run. Randal Grichuk had a two-run shot in the eighth, just to mess with my recap. Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Santiago Espinal joined in in the seventh inning to complete the set.
Many of the hits were to the opposite field. The team seems to have figured out how to attack pitchers who try to keep the ball away from them.
Teoscar Hernandez, Lourdes Gurriel, and Vladimir Guererro had 3 hits each.
Marcus Semien, Danny Jansen and Grichuk had 2 each.
The RBIs were spread out, two for Randal, one each for Marcus, Bo, Teoscar, Lourdes, and Danny. One run scored on a bad throw by right fielder Hunter Renfroe.
Bo had a tough day with the glove, getting an official error and one that should have been. Just when he had a long errorless stretch going.
Espinal had an error in the ninth since Dolis needed some help to get the game over the 3.5-hour mark.
Jays of the Day: Ryu (.291 WPA) and Semien (.170).
Suckage: Espinal (-.104, and the error, though it isn’t fair, he had some nice plays on defense too).
Tomorrow night we have Ross Stripling going against Garrett Richards.
We had 917 comments in the GameThread (I was hoping for 1000). I led us to a very low drama win.
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