Blue Jays 13 Red Sox 1
Lost in all the scoring was a tremendous start by Hyun Jin Ryu. Ryu went 6, allowed just 2 hits (both singles), no walks, and 5 strikeouts. He was in control all the way. I don’t remember any hard-hit balls against him. He could have gone longer but up by a baker’s dozen. Why?
I hope this is the start of a hot stretch for him.
Taylor Saucedo, Rafael Dolis and Kirby Snead pitched an inning each to close it out.
And we scored a lot. And then scored some more.
- Three in the first: With one out, we had a Vlad single, Marcus double, Bo walk. Teoscar doubled home two. Randal Grichuk ground one to the second baseman, they came home, and Bo was out it the plate. He couldn’t slide because Randal’s bat was in the way. Generally, the umpire will kick it out of the way, but he didn’t have time. Biggio singled home Teoscar.
- One in the second: McGuire doubled, and Springer singled him home.
- Two in the fourth: Espinal led off with a single. One out walked to Springer, and Vlad loaded the bases. Marcus walked to bring in Espinal. Bo hit into a force out at second, scoring Springer.
- Three in the fifth: Espinal and Springer walked, and Vlad crushed a home run, way over the Monster in left. It might still be flying—114 MPH.
- Three in the sixth: Bo doubled. Teoscar singled. Randal singled home Bo. Espinal singled home Teoscar. McGuire hit his second double, bringing home Randal.
- One in the seventh: Marcus doubled and scored on a Teoscar single.
We had 16 hits in all. Teoscar and McGuire had three each. Reese’s were all doubles. Vlad, Marcus, and Santiago had two each. Everyone else in the starting lineup had one.
Vlad and Teoscar had 3 RBI each.
We could have had more runs. Randal hit one down the right-field line that I think would have been a home run, but Hunter Renfroe made a terrific catch. That corner is so weird and short. Alex Verdugo made another great catch down the left-field line on Cavan Biggio the next inning, but that one would have been foul.
It wasn’t all good news. Bo made two errors, both fielding. And Teoscar dropped an easy fly ball for an error. Then, Espinal dribbled a ground ball that would have been a double-play ball but did get the lead runner.
The Red Sox had Kevin Plawecki, their backup catcher, pitch the ninth. He had a three-up, three-down inning.
Jays of the Day: Ryu (.167 WPA), Teoscar (.141), and Marcus (.098).
Unfairly, Randal had the number for the Suckage award at -.093, but that nice catch in right likely got him the number.
I don’t know if you have heard, they are keeping this quiet, but tomorrow the Jays are playing at Rogers Centre for the first time since 2019. So you would think they would mention it occasionally.
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