Blue Jays 1 Rayons 3
What’s a controversial playoff game?
Matt Shoemaker started. He pitched 3 very good innings, 2 soft singles with 2 strikeouts. He was sailing.
And they take it out of the game.
I am a fan of leaving in the pitcher that is going well. Shoemaker was at 35 locations. I figured they would give it up to 60 slots.
I understand it’s a fine line, let a guy down while he throws fine, but you never know when that will end, but I guess Matt had another round in him (at least).
Next comes Bob Rae (yeah I know Robbie Ray).
Of course, he gives up a triple to the first batter he sees. I say triple but I don’t understand why our outfielders refuse to cut a ball before it reaches the wall. I understand it’s easier to follow the ball to the wall and pick it up, but it should have been a double. Next year, if we want a playoff again, we need our outside players to make those games.
After a strikeout, Ray bounced one in the mud, he passed Danny Jansen and the Rays had a run. I thought Danny should have blocked him. With a runner first, you must do all you can to block the terrains in the dirt.
After that, Ray was great. 3 innings, just one hit (the triple), 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. A great outing.
And, if you want to be fair about shooting Shoemaker early, the Jays got 6 innings of a running bullet from Shoemaker and Ray, you can’t hope for better than that. That was the plan and it went well.
Unfortunately AJ Cole was not great. He gave up on a walk and a home run, while only taking out one. Ryan Borucki has had the last two strikeouts of the inning.
Thomas Hatch threw a quick eighth.
On the offensive side, we had a lot of problems with Rays starter Blake Snell. He went 5.2, giving up 1 hit, 2 marches and 9 strikeouts. We didn’t get our first shot until Alejandro Kirk chose to lead the sixth.
We ended up having a race in the eight. Pinch-hit Rowdy Tellez after missing some time on the IL, flared a single down center. Cavan Biggio followed with a brace. Rowdy scored on a fly from the Bo Bichette bag (good thing he was hit deeply, Rowdy was not performing well). Unfortunately, this is where the score ended.
We had a hit in the ninth. Vlad had a long time at bat, but hit on a verified swing that was just too far. Lourdes followed with a brace, bringing the point of attachment to the plate. Teoscar went to a 3-1 count, then continued over the strike zone and watched hitting three down the middle. Joe Panik followed him. He watched a wild throw, moving the runner to third, but cut a stride hard enough to cross the infield.
We had a few batting goodies and some hard hit balls, but they all seemed to find gloves. We have to find a way to score more than one point in the next two games.
Jay of the day: Shoemaker (.155 WPA)
Suck: Cole (-.147), Bichette (-.137), Grichuk (-.095), Teoscar (-.125) and Panik (-.122)
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