Blue Jays 1 Red Sox 4
You have to score more than one run. Even in a seven-inning game, one run isn’t going to do it very often.
Tanner Houck was pretty terrific, starting for the Red Sox. He went 4 innings, allowed just 2 hits, 1 walk with 7 strikeouts. But we didn’t have any more luck with Garrett Whitlock, who kept us off the board for 2 more innings. Or Matt Barnes, who got the save.
5 hits in total. Bo had two of them. Many guys had 0 fors, but let's mention Santiago Espinal for hitting into two double plays when we really could have used a hit.
Steven Matz gave up a lot of hits, 9 and 4 earned in his 3.1. There were lots of long flies outs too. It really could have been worst.
Patrick Murphy pitched a scoreless inning with 2 strikeouts. Kirby Snead and his hair got 2 outs. And Trent Thornton had a scoreless inning, despite George Springer diving for and coming up 6 feet short of a fly ball, turning a single into a triple (and yet not getting an error).
Not that our defense helped all that much. Bo threw well wide of first on an easy ground ball. Springer did get an error on a long field to the center-field wall that he kicked, helping Jerren Duran to an inside the park home run (ruled a triple and an error.
Lourdes came out in the seventh after being hit on the inside of the right elbow with a pitch. I’m hoping it turns out to be nothing serious, but I realize I should never have wondered how the team would work out having five outfielders (when Dickerson comes up). The Baseball Gods hear those things.
No Jays of the Day. Bo had a .080, but he also had the error.
Suckage: Matz (-.280 WPA), Hernandez (-.112 for an 0 for 3), and Springer (-.091, plus the misplays in CF, not a good night for him).
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