Blue Jays 5 Twins 6 (10 innings)
What an amazing ninth inning:
On top, with one out, Bo Bichette rolled one through the infield (with two strikes). Matt Chapman appeared one. Danny Jansen rolled one through the infield, moving Bo to score. Raimel Tapia trailed 0-2 (strike two seemed off the plate to me) and then hit the next pitch to center, scoring Bo. Unfortunately, Cavan Biggio was unable to continue the inning.
At the bottom, with Yimi García inside. Pinch hitter Gio Urshela got a leadoff single. The Twins’ pinch-hit ran with Gilberto Celestino, who raised on a groundout. The next batter, Carlos Correa, singled to Cavan Biggio, who grounded. A terrible time for a mistake. An intentional walk loaded the bases. Yimi got José Miranda to strike out. And Nick Gordon to leave. Yimi has ice water in her veins.
Unfortunately, the tenth inning was a steaming pile of Brussels sprouts.
Beginning of the tenth:
Biggio is the Manfred Man and he must feel very lucky that Garcia came out in the bottom of the ninth. Merrifield struck out chasing. Vlad was thrown around. Lourdes Gurriel singled just over second base. Cavan couldn’t score because he had to make sure it was a hit. Unfortunately, Teoscar struck out when we really needed contact. Bo was unlucky on the first pitch, controlling the swing that apparently touched the ball for a strike. He then struck out on two more pitches.
Bottom of tenth:
Enter Jordan Romano. Nick Gordon at second. Nick Cave, with a red right hand (yes, check out that reference). Romano rebounded on strike three. Jansen blocked it, Cave ran to first, Danny got the ball, looked back at the runner on second, but he threw high to Vlad and there were runners in the corners. Caleb Joseph pointed out that Vlad should have been on the dirty side of the bag to give Danny a target instead of throwing over the running back.
The next batter hits one to Chapman, throws it to the plate, bounces it, Danny can’t catch it, and it’s game over.
I don’t understand how turning the calendar page can change a player (especially since none of the players would understand the term “turning the calendar page”), but it seems so.
José Berríos was our best starting pitcher in July. We won all 6 of his starts. He had a 3.00 ERA and hitters hit just .248/.289/.383 against him. He had 42 strikeouts in 36 innings.
One would expect him to move.
No. 3.2 innings, 6 hits, 5 earned, 2 walks and just 1 strikeout. He allowed two home runs, one to Mark Quite Contreras and a three-run homer to Nick Gordon.
Our bullpen got the job done:
- Trevor Richards: 1.1, 1k.
- Zach Pop: 1.0 (out for the next inning but then allowed a leadoff hit and was taken out), 2 hits.
- Adam Cimber: 1 inning, 1 hit, 1k.
- David Phelps: 1 inning, 1 hit, 2k.
- Yimi Garcia got the ninth inning. He allowed a leadoff single to pinch hitter Gio Urshela. The Twins’ pinch-hit ran with Gilberto Celestino, who moved up on a groundout. The next batter, Carlos Correa, singled to Cavan Biggio, who grounded. A terrible time for a mistake. An intentional walk loaded the bases. Yimi got José Miranda to strike out.
The Blue Jays struggled with Tyler Mahle for four innings. They got one in the fifth, a home run by Matt Chapman. And then 3 in the sixth:
- Santiago Espinal homered, his first since June 30.
- Whit Merrifield singled.
- And Vladimir Guerrero hit his 23rd home run of the season, and second of this series.
We went from being down 5-0 to 5-4 in two innings.
The Blue Jays had 11 hits, but needed another run or two. Whit Merrifield and Vlad each had two hits. Everybody else in the starting lineup had one.
jays of the day: Vlad (.198 WPA), Tapia (.188, though he missed a catch in the ninth that really should have), Garcia (.133) and Cimber (-.094).
Suckage: Berríos (-.238), Teoscar (-.315), Bo (-.152), Merrifield (-.111), Chapman (-.102, plus the bad pitch). And I’m going to give Jansen one for the bad plays in the ninth. Romano had the number (-.193), but it really wasn’t his fault.
Tomorrow we will see Mitch White for the first time.
Alabama you Dylan Bundy (6-5, 5.04) goes for the Twins.
Yes, the summary is a mess, but I won’t fix it now. I’m going to go get a strong drink.