The Toronto Blue Jays would aim to sweep the Cincinnati Reds in a three-game set on Camp Day with the aid of Mike Bolsinger and more home runs.
After a blowout on Monday and a four-homer showing again on Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays would send Mike Bolsinger to the mound to take on rookie Tim Adleman of the Cincinnati Reds to try and sweep and find the true meaning of Covfefe.
Cincinnati Reds 4 R, 7 H, 0 E
Toronto Blue Jays 5 R, 7 H, 1 E
Toronto Blue Jays
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) May 31, 2017
5/31 @Reds lineup at TOR
— MLB Lineups (@mlblineups) May 31, 2017
So…those lineups are a bit mismatched, with the Blue Jays sending out a ham and mayonnaise sandwich and the Reds countering with a fine Catalonian Esqueixada. However, the Jays have won these types of games before, and with Jose Bautista, Russell Martin, Devon Travis, Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales still swingin’, they still have a decent shot.
Starting Pitcher Matchup
The Jays continued to hit well the first time through the lineup with three hits. As the hitters begin to heat up, they’re getting more aggressive, but also working walks when needed. Unfortunately, Tim Adleman settled down as well, limiting the Jays to just one run through the first four innings.
The Reds jumped on Mike Bolsinger early, going up 2-0 in the first as the third hitter in the game, Joey Votto cleared the CF wall with Zack Cozart on second base. The results could have been much, much worse, and Bolsinger isn’t doing himself or the team any favours with his 6.75 BB/9. Bolsinger settled down in the third and fourth, retiring six straight and eventually posting a line of 5.1 IP, four hits. three walks and three earned runs, accentuated by seven strikeouts.
A good bunt is still a thing, and Ryan Goins‘ leadoff bunt single set up a, you guessed it: Luke Maile home run in the fifth inning, tying the game at three. This was the third lead a Reds starting pitcher has blown in the series.
Aaron Loup bailed Mike Bolsinger out in the sixth inning, striking out Scott Schebler and Scooter Gennett with two runners on base in the highest-leverage bullpen situation of the series with the Reds. He’s been pretty good this year. Jason Grilli had a very good seventh inning, allowing an awkward bunt single to Jose Peraza but striking out Zack Cozart to get out of the ever-so-slight jam with Joey Vottobicoke looming on deck.
Devon Travis’ incandescent May continued as he delivered yet another home run for the Blue Jays, this one a go-ahead two-run jobber off of Wandy Peralta.
Joe Smith continued the excellent play of the bullpen, striking out two in a perfect eighth inning.
Russell Martin was picked off at second base in the second inning, with two on and no one out. With a young pitcher struggling on the mound, miscues like this can really hurt. He was later seen favouring a knee as well, so we’ll keep an eye on that possible injury situation. He stayed in the game.
It’s easy to nitpick the offense when they don’t blow out the Reds, but Wednesday’s lineup was never intended to score runs with the likes of Luke Maile (who was actually good), Chris Coghlan and Ryan Goins. Still, when those guys are in, you need a better showing from the likes of Jose Bautista and Kendrys Morales.
Roberto Osuna‘s very straight fastball was taken very deep by Scott Schebler, who it seems the Jays’ pitchers took lightly this series. He allowed another single and narrowly averted disaster after a Ryan Goins error, but struck out Billy Hamilton and Zack Cosart to end the game.
- Bo Bichette won the Midwest league Player of the Week, going 11-for-24 with a HR and five RBI over six games. He then went 2-for-5 with two RBI on Tuesday and homered today in Lansing’s 7-0 win.
- It’s not Blue Jays-related, but the College World Series is starting soon, and the North Carolina Tarheels are employing a very good dog.
Player of the Game
Make sure you cast your vote for today’s Player of the Game, as well. We’ll be announcing the Players of the Month for May by the end of the week:
That sure was a sweep win. Vote for an @JaysFromCouch Player of the Game!
— Roy-Z ☘ (@rolewiii) May 31, 2017
Hey, you made it! Enjoy:
Luke and Ben at Reds game … today Luke plays them…pinch me! pic.twitter.com/Y69xmZQL1j
— Rich Maile (@JLTP13) May 31, 2017