Jays win big, the magic number is 1


Yankees 1 Blue Jays 14

Our magic number is now 1. A win tomorrow (or in one of our last four games) would put us in the playoffs.

It’s good when the other team forgets how to play baseball. The Yankees made 4 official mistakes and a few unofficial mistakes. They just played bad baseball all night.

We had a good start from Bob Rae (as much as it hurts the old man in me to say more than 4 innings is a good start). In four innings, he allowed just 2 hits and 3 goals with 5 strikeouts. There was an undeserved run against him, scoring on a passed ball (he and Jansen crossed paths, Ray threw a fastball, Jansen thought something soft was going to happen). He went too far, but he kept the Yankees off the goal.

Ray allowed a walk and a single to start the fifth and that was it. AJ Cole came by giving up a march to charge the bases. Looking at the final score, it doesn’t seem like there was a big moment in the game on the pitching side, but it was a big moment. We were 5-1 with Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Viot and Gleyber Torres coming. But Cole got a takedown, a popout, and a steal. It was nice to watch as Cole has been going through a rough time lately.

Ross Stripling pitched the last four innings, giving up just one hit with 1 strikeout. He gets a save on a game we won by 13.

We scored 2 in the first, 1 in the third, 2 in the fourth, 8 in the sixth and 1 in the eighth. Our hitters:

  • Cavan Biggio had 2 for 5 with a step, a double and 2 RBI.

  • Bo Bichette had 2 for 4, with 2 steps, doubles, 2 RBIs (he had 3 steps the season before tonight).

  • Teoscar Hernandez 1 or 4.

  • Randal Grichuk 1 for 4, 1 step, 1 RBI.

  • Vladimir Guerrero was 2 for 5, double, 3 RBI. He had an interesting night. He misjudged a popup on the first run. Fortunately, it didn’t cost us a race. He drew a shot from Gary Sanchez, taking a few steps towards the second on a strike and Sanchez threw wide off the first, giving us a free point. Then an RBI double crushed in third, an RBI on the ground. And he made a really nice play, again a long way first to get a ball, but Stripling got to the sack early in a lot of time, and Vlad made a nice throw hitting the moving target.

  • Lourdes Gurriel had 3 for 5 with an RBI.

  • Travis Shaw was 1 to 5 with an RBI.

  • Joe Panik only managed one walk.

  • Danny Jansen hit 2 home runs out of a 4 for 4 nights, with 3 RBIs. Yes, one of the home runs was on Yankees wide receiver Erik Kratz (but it still matters).

Jays of the day: Cole (.119 WPA), Vlad (.190) and Jansen (.107).

No Suckage Jays. Shaw had the lowest score of -0.063.

Tomorrow is our last game of a four game series against the Yankees and then we have a weekend series against the Orioles to end the season.

We had 847 comments in the GameThread. I led us to victory (and I didn’t even drink a beer tonight). But I had a good day. I took a tour of the country and saw the change of colors, while avoiding the news for a day. I would say it was a sanity day, but there really is no sanity left.


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