Blue Jays 4 Red Sox 5
Honestly, I thought sending out Richards for a second inning was the right move, he was throwing very well. We get mad when they empty out the bullpen but we get mad with someone goes out for a second inning. Really I still think it was the right move, it just didn't work.
But it didn’t work out. In his second inning of work, Richards got a strikeout (really nice job against Devers), Then a full-count walk to Hunter Renfroe. And then a home run to Alex Verdugo. And that was that. Richards has been so good, since coming over in trade. Oh well.
Thomas Hatch wasn’t great, but he also had some bad luck. Soft ground balls avoiding fielders and popups falling between fielders. He went 3.2, allowed 7 hits, 3 earned, 1 walk with 4 strikeouts. He gave up a home run to Devers and had a couple of other hard-hit balls.
Tayler Saucedo got the last out of the fourth, and the first out of the fifth. Then he gave up a walk, and Charlie brought in Adam Cimber. I was ok with that, as Cimber has been so good. He got the last two outs of the fifth and pitched a nice quick sixth.
Then came Trevor Richards. A very quick seventh, 10 pitches (helped by a couple of nice defensive plays. 10 pitches in, putting him back for the eighth wasn’t even a question to me.
Jordan Romero got the last out of the eighth.
Offensively we got:
- Two runs in the third: Reese McGuire singled (on a high fly right down the left-field line, but the Red Sox had their outfielders players around to pull), then Springer walked. Singles from Vladimir Guerrero (scoring Reese) and Marcus Semien (scoring Springer) got us back to a tied game. Two on with no-outs, we could have scored more, but no.
- Two runs in the fifth: Springer doubled and, two outs later, Bo hit a laser over the monster in left.
We really could have used more runs. We had 9 hits, and 2 walks. Vlad and Reese had 2 hits each. Lourdes and Cavan had 0 fors.
We had our first error in days. A double-play ball hit to Marcus Semien, but he bobbled messing up the timing on his throw to Bo. Bo threw high to first. We came within a whisker of not getting the out at second. The Red Sox challenged, but the New York must have thought that Bo kept the edge of a toe on second.
Jays of the Day: Cimber (.172 WPA), Bo (.125), and Springer (.107).
Suckage: Richards (-.417), Hatch (-.126), Biggio (-.139), and Gurriel (-.126).
We had 500 comments in the GameThread. I led us to horrible defeat.