Blue Jays 2 Braves 1
On his third departure with Jay, we got to see the Hyun Jin Ryu we were expecting. Well, he kind of gave up 3 steps (he did 24 steps last year in 29 starts), but he only allowed one hit and knocked the Braves off balance most of the night. There were two wicked hard-hitting balls that weren’t much to blame, but it had 8 steps and a lot of swings and misses.
Ryu picked Ronald Acuña first and we brought him out in a recap.
Ryu was out of play after 5 innings and 84 throws. I’m glad Charlie got him out of the game before he started to tire.
Thomas Hatch came in and had a great sixth inning, getting a pop out, a ground out and a strikeout. He didn’t look so good in the seventh. Travis d’Arnaud lined up one against the wall in a letter, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had a nice catch. And then Adam Duvall took him deep into right field (which makes Gurriel’s capture more important).
Ryan Borucki got the last two strikeouts of the inning, on strikeouts, looking just great.
Jordan Romano took eighth, getting two 3-1 strikeouts (well done by Vlad, it’s a tough game for a new first baseman) and one strikeout.
Anthony Bass arrived for the ninth. He gave up a single out and a single, but got a ground ball to Drury in the third, who walked in the third and threw in the first for an end-of-double play.
Our pitchers only allowed 3 hits during the whole game
It would be nice to have a big lead and not have to sweat the ninth round every now and then.
We scored 2 points, but there were better bats than last night. We only had 5 hits and 1 step. I thought we should have been able to do better against Sean Newcomb, who entered the game with an ERA of 8.22. Someone has to wake up the bats.
We have marked:
- 1 in the second: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a 1-out fly against the center wall that was in it and our Ender Inciarte glove, for a brace. It was nice to see him hit a ball in the air and hard. He went to third place on a Randal Grichuk single and scored on a middle fly to the right by Danny Jansen. I thought he was going to be at home plate, but the Braves, for reasons unknown, cut the shot to Ronald Acuña (who didn’t look happy).
- 1 in the fifth: With 2 outs, Bo Bichette doubled a short center, again Inciarte, slipping, had the ball in his glove, but dropped it. In my world this is an obvious mistake, but has been deemed successful. Bo stole second place and scored on the Cavan Biggio single.
Bo had 2 hits tonight and had a long batting moment in the first, before flying off. He looked a little better there. He also made a terrific play, deep in the hole, and jumped the pitch to Vlad (who made a good choice on the play).
Vlad had the double against the wall (our only extra basic hit in the game) and hit two more balls in the air. He also hit on an Austin Riley mistake. An easy throw at first and he dropped it. So Vlad looked a little better on the plate too. And he made some good plays on the field.
The Jays who didn’t make it to base tonight were Teoscar Hernández, Brandon Drury and Anthony Alford. Drury made some good plays on the pitch including the double play to end things. I would rather have him third than Joe Panik.
FanGraphs is far behind tonight. Let’s give JoD to all the pitchers. Ryu had a .303 WPA. I don’t know the numbers the relievers got but let’s give Hatch, Borucki, Romano and Bass some JoD.
It was a 3 hour game and I thought it was quick so I had to miss baseball.
We had 509 comments in the GameThread, DangYouToHeck led us to victory, while looking after baby. We need to improve our games.