Cleveland 6 Blue Jays 8
So this is why we signed George Springer. He started the game with a home runs and had hits in his next three at-bats. He ended up 4 for 5 with 3 RBI. He was the only Blue Jay with more than one hit
And Steven Matz was terrific. 6 innings, 6 hits, 1 walk, and 8 strikeouts, without giving up a run. He was like early season Matz. In control all the way.
It wasn’t all $5 Guinness (I’ll explain some other time).
Tayler Saucedo had a tough time/no luck at all. He gave up 5 strike hits. Nothing hit hard, but “hit them where they ain’t” is always a good plan. He had 4 earned against, 3 of them scoring on a very soft pop fly down the left-field line, that was almost as softly hit as yesterday’s Reese McGuire bunt double.
Adam Cimber came in and cleaned up for Tayler.
Trevor Richards gave up a hit and a walk in his scoreless 7th.
Jordan Romano gave us a blood pressure test, giving up 2 homer runs, then a single to bring up the tying run in the ninth. I’ll admit my blood pressure failed the test.
- Four in the first: Springer’s homer. Then a Marcus Semien single and Bo Bichette walk, both scored on a Corey Dickerson double.
- One in the second: Springer singled, Vladimir Guerrero doubled, Semien walked to load the bases with one out. But we only scored the one run, on a Bichette ground out.
- Three in the third: One out walks to Dickerson and Grichuk set things up. McGuire doubled in one. Springer doubled in two more.
Great night for Springer. I think I owe Dickerson an apology for thinking snide thoughts about him.
I watched the first few innings from the restaurant but did Cleveland starter get upset at Bo for a rather wild swing? He looked less than happy.
Beyond that, I’m not wild about Breyvic Valera’s defense. Maybe it is small sample size, but he didn’t impress me.
Jays of the Day: Matz (.137 WPA), Dickerson (.148), and Springer (.120).
No one had the Suckage number, but I’m giving one to Saucedo (though he had a ton of bad luck) and Romano, just for making a game of this.
Jays are 7 games up on .500 for the first time this year.
WE finish up the series with Cleveland tomorrow, 7:00 Eastern.
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