Blue Jays 9 A’s 4
For a very long time, it didn’t look like it was going to end well.
We scored two in the first, on four straight singles from Bo, Vlad, Teoscar and Randal.
Then the bats fell silent.
For a while, it looked like Robbie Ray was going to make those two points hold. But the solo circuits in the first and fourth matched things. And a popup that fell between the infield and the outfield (with the infield) put the A’s in front. I’m not a big fan of introducing the infield.
Ray was once again very good. 6 innings, 6 hits, 3 wins, no walk (yet) and 9 strikeouts.
Until the start of the eighth, it felt like a loss for Ray.
But we scored 5 in the eighth:
- Reese McGuire started off with a walk (after chasing high for two strikeouts tonight it was a pretty amazing batting game). Jonathan Davis entered the pinch.
- Marcus Semien in singles, the riders in the first and second.
- Bo Bichette hit in what I thought was a double play, but he beat the pitch first. It was very important. Bo would beat another double play in the ninth.
- Wild ground brought Davis from third place to tie the game. With Bo moving on to second, Vlad was intentionally stepped.
- Bo stole the third.
- Teoscar Hernandez chose Bo at home.
- Randal Grichuk (getting his third hit of the night) singled out Vlad and sent Teoscar to third.
- Cavan Biggio posed a very nice compression cavity, marking Teoscar. And suddenly, we were up 7-3.
Two more points scored in the ninth. Davis and Semien were walking. Bo beat another double play ball. And Vlad smashed a brace on the left fielder. 114 MPH.
We scored 7 points on 10 hits, but we only had 2 more hits, a double from Gurriel and a double from Vlad in the ninth. Fortunately, we don’t have to listen to Buck and Pat complaining that they can’t score without a homerun. Hernandez had 3 hits. Vlad and Grichuk had 2 each.
Jordan Romano threw a very nice seventh.
David Phelps came out for the eighth, but, before facing a batter, he walked out of the game with an apparent arm injury. This is the year of injuries.
Tyler Chatwood took his place and retired from a run on a step and a double. I thought it was a terrible send off from the A’s third base coach.The home pitch was on time, but Danny Jansen (in the game because Davis ran for McGuire) couldn’t hold the short jump. It’s not an easy game, but the word catch is in the job title.
Fortunately, Chatwood got an out to finish the round there.
Ryan Borucki threw the ninth. He gave up a starting march. But was helped by a superb strike from Randal in the right, then got a strikeout and a nice play on a ball on the ground by Espinal in the second.
Jay of the day: Teoscar (.238 WPA), Grichuk (.145, plus a nice catch in the ninth) and Davis has the number (.145) but that would be fair for the first step in the ninth, so no I’m not giving him one.
Suckage: Ray had the number (-.103) but I can’t give him one for a crossed out 9, no walk out.
Tomorrow we have an afternoon game at 3:30 p.m. EST. Hyun Jin Ryu will be activated to make the start. I hate to say it, but I guess Phelps will go to the IL to make room.
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