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Same old song, should have scored more, bullpen was bad, Jays lose

MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees 6 Blue Jays 5

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. All was going well until our bullpen got into the game.

Hyun Jin Ryu had to battle. He walked four batters, the most he’s had in any Jays start, and he gave up two home runs in six innings but only gave up three earned. He gave up a run in each of his even-numbered innings.

I admired how he worked through things with having his usual command. And he left with a two-run lead.

Then the bullpen happened:

  • Anthony Castro (he of this week’s hot list) had nothing. He gave up a Brett Gardner home run. Then a DJ LeMahieu double. Wild pitch, strikeout, wild pitch brought in the tying run, walk.
  • In comes, Carl Edwards, Jr. Giancarlo Stanton took him right to the top of the wall in right, and thankfully Teoscar Hernandez makes a very nice catch. But, unfortunately, that’s when Edwards left with an injury (may have been an oblique thing, may have been a sour stomach). Abdominal discomfort, I’d not sure what that means.
  • Tim Mayza becomes the third pitcher of the inning. A walk gave the Yankees runners on first and second, but a hard-hit ground ball went right at Santiago Espinal. Mayza started the eighth, giving up a single and getting a strikeout.
  • Next up, Jordan Romano. Wade Davis stole second. Romano didn’t even give him a look and then scored on a Clint Frazier double. A ground out. And strikeout got him out of the inning, but we were losing.
  • Tyler Chatwood took the ninth, and no one was worried in the least. He did give up a two-out infield single, which he should have made a play on, but got the third out on a strikeout.

On offense, we should have scored more.

  • In the first inning, Marcus Semien, Bo Bichette, and Vladimir Guerrero all walked to load the bases with no outs. Teoscar Hernandez hit a sac fly, but Randal Grichuk (please, someone tell him he doesn’t have to swing at everything) popped out, and Lourdes Gurriel ground out. We got one run, but that should have been better.
  • In the third, Bo homered to lead off the inning.
  • We got three in the fourth: Joe Panik walked with one out. Santiago Espinal singled him to second with two out. Semien singled to load the bases. A passed ball scored one, and Bo singled to bring in two more.
  • In the sixth, Espinal doubled (he had a day, 3 for 4), but we didn’t score him.
  • In the seventh, we had back-to-back one-out singles from Vlad and Teoscar, but Randal hit into a double play (see my plea from above).
  • In the eighth: Panik had a one-out walk (has Panik had two walks in a game for us before?), Riley Adam singled pinch-runner Cavan Biggio to second. Espinal was almost the hero, deep fly out to left-center. Semien walked to load the bases, but Bo lined out to end the inning.
  • In the ninth: Vlad got to a full count on Aroldis Chapman but hit a soft ground ball to short. Teoscar struck out. Randal ground out to first, and that was the ball game.

Jays of the Day: Panik (.166 WPA, off the two walks) and Semien (.120, 1 for 3, 2 walks).

Suckage: Castro (-.311), Romano (-.181), Grichuk (-.270), and Gurriel (-.141).

As much as there were bullpen issues, we should have scored several runs more.

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