Blue Jays 7 Red Sox 2
The Jays had a day of home runs. Vladimir Guerrero hit his 20th of the season in the first, a two-run homer, bringing home Bo Bichette.
And we hit three in the fifth. Cavan Biggio solo, Marcus Semien (two-run, after a Reese McGuire walk), and Bo Bichette hitting one that will land next week (468 feet, the longest of his career).
And McGuire wrapped one around the Pesky Pole in the ninth inning.
As always, we could have scored more. In the sixth, Tellez, Panik, and Biggio all singled to load the bases with no-outs, but McGuire struck out and Semien hit into a 5-3 double play.
We had 10 hits, so fewer than yesterday, but more home runs.
Cavan Biggio had 3 hits and needed a triple for the cycle. Bo had 2 hits. Vlad had the home run and 2 walks.
Hernandez and Grichuk were the only starters not to reach base.
Sportsnet tells us it is the first game Bo, Vlad and Cavan have hit homers in the same game.
Vlad had a steal and a caught stealing (a very close play). Personally, I would be ok with Vlad not stealing.
Steven Matz had a very nice start. 5.2 innings, 4 hits, 1 earned, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts. He had some trouble in the sixth, giving up a single, hitting a batter, and another single to score a run. That ended his day.
Anthony Castro got the last out of the sixth and the first two outs of the seventh, before hitting Enrique Hernandez in the chip flap of the batting helmet.
Tim Mayza got the last out of the inning. I figured he would start the eighth as well.
But Rafael Dolis got out heart rates up in the eight. He gave up a walk and a triple, making it a four-run game. But a strikeout and line-drive double play got us out of the inning. Devers, at third base, took off thinking the line drive couldn’t be caught, but Semien grabbed it and doubled Devers off easily. I would have been so angry if a Blue Jays player did that down by four.
Jordan Romano came in for the ninth, as much to get in work and show that his arm was ok, after not being able to pitch yesterday. He took a ground ball off the leg, which worried me, but he got a 3 up 3 down inning.
Jays of the Day: Matz (.228 WPA), Vlad (.173), and Biggio (.154).
No Suckage Jays. McGuire, even with the home run, had the low mark at -.083.
Tomorrow we have a 1:00 Eastern start. Ray vs. Martin Perez.
We had 594 comments in the GameThread, including 17 from April Whitzman, commenting WHILE IN LABOUR. That deserves a medal of some sort. But I suppose a healthy baby girl would be enough of a prize. I led us to victory.