Rangers 2 Blue Jays 10
Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come in the second half.
Robbie Ray was great. 6.2 innings, only 4 hits, 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. His two walks followed one another with two second strikeouts on eight shots, but he quickly sorted things out. Then, in the seventh, he allowed a starting single, followed by two strikeouts, then a double from the wall to the right. That was enough for interim manager John Schneider, and Ray had gone out to 100 pitches. Until 10, I agree not to push Ray.
Adam Cimber played, gave up walking to charge the goal, then got a strikeout to end the inning.
Why did Schneider replace the manager? Charlie was sent off after the fifth inning. The show went public, but the last outing of the end of the round was a Cavan Biggio motive. I thought he was safe, but we were up 6 hours so it didn’t matter to anyone other than Biggio (who could use the slight bump in his BA). Apparently Charlie wanted to challenge, and the plate umpire wouldn’t let him. Charlie was unhappy with the decision. Maybe the referee felt they took too long to decide to challenge.
Charlie’s fourth career expulsion.
Ryan Borucki pitched the eight, his first appearance since May 7. Hopefully he can stay healthy.
Jacob Barnes allowed a two-run home run in the ninth (stupid referees should have stopped the game).
The offense had a great night, 10 hits, including 4 homers.
Three of our four All-Star circuits:
- Vlad had two home runs (and four RBIs). He’s at 30 home runs now.
- Marcus Semien hit one (his 23rd) and scored a brace.
- Teoscar Hernandez hit his 12th.
- And, replacing Bo Bichette, Randal Grichuk touched his 17th.
Everyone in the starting lineup had a hit except George Springer and Lourdes Gurriel. However, Lourdes managed a goal over four lengths, his fifth in his last five games (12th of the season).
The three at the top of the order had two hits: Marcus, Bo and Vlad.
Reese McGuire scored for a single in the sixth. We were up six at the time. But then we ended up scoring four times this set, and he was first on goals.
Jays of the day: Ray (.224 WPA), Vlad (.116) et Teoscar (.111).
No one had Suckage’s number.
Tomorrow, assuming the rain stops, it’s a 3:00 am EAST start – Ryu vs. Allard.
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