Orioles 4 Blue Jays 2
A loss and Springer coming out of the game, not a fun night of baseball.
Baseball games change in a moment.
Hyun Jin Ryu had a no-hitter going with 2 out in the sixth. Then a 2-strike flare down the right-field line. Fair by a couple of feet. Bad luck, good pitch, lucky swing. Then a hard-hit ground ball up the middle, 107.3 MPH, but almost right at Marcus Semien, but Marcus missed it. Called a single, the other day, the same type of ball at Kevin Smith was an error. I hate that official scorers consider who the player is before deciding on error/hit. Either way, tying run scored.
A walk and a double (scoring two more) ended Ryu’s night.
In all, he went 5.2, allowing 3 hits, 3 earned, 3 walks with 6 strikeouts. If the Jays were hitting, it would have looked like a good start.
Adam Cimber finished off the inning. In the seventh he gave up a lead-off walk, then threw wild to first, moving the runner to third, ready to score on a single.
Trevor Richards threw the last two innings, without allowing a baserunner.
Offensively, it was the same story we’ve seen for the last few weeks, not enough scoring.
Danny Jansen homered in the third and Vladimir Guerrero homered in the sixth (his 39th of the season), but that was all the scoring.
In all, we had 6 hits, and 4 walks. Facing a starter with a 7.26 ERA (to start the game, 6.90 to finish). We should be able to do better than 2 hits in 5 innings against him.
There were chances:
- Bo Bichette and Lourdes Gurriel both walked in the second, but we couldn’t score them.
- Bo led off the fourth with a double and finished the inning still on second.
- We got two singles in the seventh without scoring.
As mentioned, Springer came out of the game in the seventh. Going from first to second, on a Semien single, he made a pretty hard stop at second base. You could see the pain on his face. I wasn’t thrilled that they pulled him from the game without talking to me (and George appeared even less thrilled). I suppose I’d normally like to err on the side of caution, but Springer was just DH. He wasn’t going to be going out in the field.
Anyway, I hope he’s back tomorrow.
Tomorrow Matz 10-7, 3.81 goes against Matt Harvey (6-14, 6.18) to finish this series.
Jay of the Day: Danny Jansen (.133 WPA, home run, and a walk).
Suckage: Grichuk (-.168, 0 for 4), Springer (-.125, 0 for 4, 2 k), Ryu (-.113) and Breyvic Valera (.093, 0 for 2).
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