ROUGH START, BAD AT BATS, AND SLOPPY DEFENSE. BLUE JAYS LOSE 5-1 TO RED SOX
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 19, 2017
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 19, 2017
STARTING PITCHER MATCHUP
Toronto Blue Jays – 1R 5H 1E
Boston Red Sox – 5R 7H 1E
This game lacked a lot of Blue Jays highlights, the Blue Jays scored their only run off a Jose Bautista sacrifice fly, and struggled to get anything going all night. The Blue jays finished the game with five hits, grounded into three double plays, and went 0-4 with runners in scoring position, a very familiar feeling for the 2017 Jays. The one highlight was the pitching performance from recently called up Cesar Valdez. With much of the bullpen resting tonight, Valdez pitched four innings in relief, allowing one hit, and five strikeouts. This game was a bleak one, but I found myself with eyes glued to the TV late in the game with Valdez on the mound.
The Red Sox really opened things up in a bizarre second inning. With runners on second and third with no outs, Christian Vazquez grounded out to first base, Justin Smoak’s great awareness of the base runners got Chris Young caught in a rundown between third and home. It was a bizarre double play, and it looked like the Blue Jays had neutralized the Red Sox scoring threat. Needing just one out, Brock Holt walked and stole second, Deven Marrero singled up the middle scoring both Jackie Bradley Jr. and Holt from second. Mookie Betts reached first on an error from Josh Donaldson, Andrew Benintendi walked, and Dustin Pedroia brought both of them home. The Red Sox finished the inning leading 4-0, all four of those runs coming with two outs.
The Red Sox tacked on more runs in the bottom of the fourth, as Aaron Sanchez walked Betts for his fifth walk of the game. With two outs, Pedroia hit a weak ground ball to Troy Tulowtizki, the ball went right under Tulowitzki’s glove. Betts never stopped running, scoring on what looked like a inning ending ground ball.
This was a really rough night for Sanchez, after a very promising first inning he struggled with his control for the following three innings. With a tired bullpen from last nights extra inning game, Sanchez going deep into the game was the Blue Jays key to victory. Instead, he only last four innings, walking five batters, and allowing seven hits.
- Our very own Ryan Andrews wrote a great piece on the Blue Jays approach to the upcoming trade deadline, and who the Blue Jays should really focus on moving.
- After a four strikeout inning last night, Blue Jays pitcher Mike Bolsinger has been placed on the 10-Day disabled list with inflammation in his left knee. The Blue Jays have called up Cesar Valdez from Triple-A Buffalo.
- Chris Cotillo reported today, that the Kansas City Royals will look to add starting pitching at the upcoming trade deadline. Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada is one of the pitchers who the Royals will look to acquire.
- During the broadcast tonight Arash Madani reported that Devon Travis was taking ground balls before tonights game, and has been hitting a ball off a tee. Travis was put on the 60-Day disabled list after having right knee surgery in early June.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
That was rough.. Who's your #BlueJays player of the game?
— Spencer (woj) (@Spenred) July 20, 2017
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