Rangers 2 Blue Jays 10
I hope this is a sign of things to come in the second half.
Robbie Ray was terrific. 6.2 innings, just 4 hits, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts. His two walks came back-to-back with two out in the second, on eight pitches, but he straightened things out quickly. Then, in the seventh, he gave up a leadoff single, followed by two strikeouts, and then a double off the wall in right. That was enough for the acting manager John Schneider, and Ray was out at 100 pitches. Up by 10, I’m OK with not pushing Ray.
Adam Cimber game in, gave up a walk to load the bases, and then got a strikeout to end the inning.
Why was Schneider filling in as manager? Charlie got thrown out after the fifth inning. The broadcast went to commercial, but the last out of the bottom of the inning was a ground out by Cavan Biggio. I thought he was safe, but then we were up by 6, so it wasn’t important to anyone other than Biggio (who could use the slight bump to his BA). Apparently, Charlie wanted to challenge, and the plate umpire didn’t let him. Charlie was unhappy with the decision. Perhaps the umpire felt they took too long to decide to challenge.
Charlie’s fourth career ejection.
Ryan Borucki pitched the eight, his first appearance since May 7th. Hopefully, he can stay healthy.
Jacob Barnes gave up a two-run home run in the ninth (stupid umpires should have called the game).
The offense had a great night, 10 hits, including 4 home runs.
Three of our four All-Stars homered:
- Vlad had two home runs (and four RBI). He is up to 30 home runs now.
- Marcus Semien hit one (his 23rd) and had a double.
- Teoscar Hernandez hit his 12th.
- And, stepping in for Bo Bichette, Randal Grichuk hit his 17th.
Everyone in the starting lineup had a hit except for George Springer and Lourdes Gurriel. However, Lourdes did have a four-pitch walk, his fifth walk in his last five games (12th of the season).
The three at the top of the order had two hits: Marcus, Bo, and Vlad.
Reese McGuire bunted for a single in the sixth. We were up by six at the time. But then, we ended up scoring four that inning, and he was the first on base.
Jays of the Day: Ray (.224 WPA), Vlad (.116), and Teoscar (.111).
No one had the Suckage number.
Tomorrow, presuming the rain lets up, is a 3:00 Eastern start—Ryu vs. Allard.
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