May 21, 2019

G48: Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 3

Red Sox   - 000 001 020 -  3  7  0
Blue Jays - 000 332 20x - 10 11  1
The Red Sox squandered scoring chances all evening, hitting into three double plays in the first six innings, and leaving a total of 10 men on base. Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman (6-5-1-6-4, 105) gave up five hits and six walks in six innings, but the only run he allowed came on a solo home run. In fact, all of Boston's three runs came on solo dongs.

Eduardo Rodriguez (5-6-6-3-5, 95) fell apart in the fourth inning. Vladimir Guerrero singled and, one out later, Rowdy Tellez and Randal Grichuk hit back-to-back home runs. EdRo then walked Freddy Galvis before getting out of trouble ... until the next inning, that is. With two outs in the fifth, Guerrero singled, Justin Smoak walked, and Tellez went yard again, giving him five RBI.

Alex Cora threw in the towel in the sixth, bringing in Tyler Thornburg ... who did just about what you'd expect. He walked Galvis. He walked Billy McKinney. He gave up a run-scoring single to Danny Jansen. He gave up a run-scoring single to Brandon Drury. He recorded two outs before hitting Smoak. Tellez came up with the bases loaded, dreams of his third home run in three innings no doubt dancing in his head. But somehow, Thornburg caught him looking on his 40th pitch of the inning, for strike three. Colten Brewer pitched the final two innings, giving up a two-run double to Drury.

The Red Sox had two men on with none out in the second, but Michael Chavis grounded into a double play and Christian Vazquez was put out 1-3. Two walks and a single loaded the bases with one out in the third, but Stroman struck out Moreland and Xander Bogaerts. Toronto turned a double play on Vazquez to end the fourth.

After Moreland hit his 13th homer in the sixth, Rafael Devers and Chavis walked with two down, but Vazquez hit into another double play. In the seventh, the Red Sox loaded the bases with none out, but Tim Mayza struck out Mookie Betts and Moreland, and Joe Biagini got Bogaerts on a grounder to short. Bogaerts batted with seven runners on base and did nothing. Moreland stranded six and Vazquez and Betts left four.

Devers and Jackie Bradley hit solo homers in the eighth. One bright spot: It was JBJ's second homer in two games.

The Red Sox (25-23) are 5.5 GB.
Eduardo Rodriguez / Marcus Stroman
Benintendi, LF
Betts, RF
Moreland, DH
Bogaerts, SS
Devers, 3B
Chavis, 2B
Vázquez, C
Bradley, CF
Pearce, 1B
J.D. Martinez is ill, but said he could pinch-hit, if necessary. ... Nate Eovaldi threw 35 pitches in the bullpen, including his secondary pitches for the first time since his surgery.


FenFan said...

Where did you hear this about DP? I understoo that he played all three games in Pawtucket thus weekend.

allan said...

It was a tweet by PeteAbe, but I now see he was linking to a story from last September, so the season missed was 2018!
Sorry to cause alarm!