Cleveland 0 Blue Jays 3
Is a good starting pitch contagious? We seem to be on a streak of great starts.
Tonight it was Ross Stripling’s turn to be gorgeous. 6 rounds of 3 hit ball (all singles). Only 1 walked base and 6 strikeouts. Change, curve, everything worked. He only allowed his first hit in the fifth inning, then two more in the sixth. Just a good job Ross, collect your JoD prize on the nearest 11 7.
Trevor Richards threw up a nice quick seventh place on just 11 shots.
Tim Mayza gave up a walk but it was all in his eighth inning.
Adam Cimber was ninth, collecting his first save of the season. I’m so glad we traded for him.
Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie tied Ross until a strikeout in the fourth when Vladimir Guerrero got our first hit of the game. Then, a little later, Bo Bichette hit a rocket on the left center wall. 105.6 MPH, 409 feet. Surprisingly, just an expected batting average of .900 on this. I can’t imagine that 10% of the time it’s an out.
And Bo led in our third run, scoring at home Marcus Semien after Marcus cut a double in left field.
We only had 5 hits. But luckily 2 of them came just before Bo came to bat. The other was a single from Santiago Espinal.
Espinal also had a great hand-to-hand play on a supple bouncer in the eighth inning. They put him and Valera in a squad, but I’d be okay with him giving him the job while Cavan is away. And maybe beyond.
Lourdes Gurriel also had a nice hold, running a lot to get a hold near the foul line on the left (he almost passed it).
Vlad was hit by the pitch in the eight, just in the hand. I’m not a violent guy, and I know it wasn’t on purpose, but I would have been okay with our canoe rushing towards the mound. Vlad stayed in the game, which I didn’t really understand. There was no real cost to get him there. It is important. Treat it with care.
Jays of the day: Stripling (.355 WPA) and Bo (.264). And give one to the padding that protected Vlad’s hand.
No one had Suckage’s number. Springer had the lowest mark at -0.068 for a 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. But it was so hot. We will forgive.
Tomorrow, the Red Sox are coming to town to kick off a four-game series. We have Manoah against Eovaldi in the first game.
We had 555 comments in the GameThread. I smelled a victory.