Christ I’m tired, staying up to watch the Jays and all, and to top it all off, the Jays lost, AGAIN.
So, the marquee pitching match-up of the series didn’t disappoint at all, Chris Sale against Marco Estrada descending into a pitching duel after Estrada eased into the game and worked out of an early jam. Tulo was given the day off, with Ryan Goins making the start at short, Darwin Barney continued at third and Steve Pearce was at left field, meaning another appearance for Smoaky at first. Salty meanwhile made the start behind the plate, giving Russell Martin the day off.
Seeing the game was scoreless for most of the day, there weren’t much highlights of note. Estrada’s only bit of trouble occurred in the third, even then it wasn’t a massive jam. With two outs in the top of the 3rd, two straight singles by Pedroia and Benintendi left men at first and second. Estrada though got Betts to strike out with a high fastball to end the inning. Also in the top of the 3rd was a superb catch by Kevin Pillar, sprinting at full speed before taking the grab by sliding and sticking the glove out to his left.
From there, I can’t think of anything to note that happened before the 9th, a Tulo pinch-hit I guess being the only thing. Perhaps it’s me being severely fatigued, as I write this it’s 4am and I haven’t slept since yesterday. The 9th though will live long in the memory, even though it ended up going to extras.
Coming in for the 9th, Osuna had no trouble for most of his inning, getting two outs easily. Mitch Moreland though doubled off Osuna, hitting it in the power alley to right just past the outstretching and ugly dive of Joey Bats. Xander Bogaerts then singled, scoring Moreland, the inning ended there as Bogaerts was out on review stretching for extra bases. In the bottom of the inning, you had the feeling that it wasn’t going to be the Jays day, yet I was immediately proven wrong.
To lead-off the 9th, Kendrys Morales smoked a ball by Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel to straight-away center, evening the score at one. The other three didn’t get on, with a Smoaky fly-out, something with Steve Pearce, and a strikeout by Darwin Barney after a long, hard-fought at-bat.
The 10th was pitched by Jason Grilli, and began with Sandoval hitting a ball to the warning track, Pillar taking it in center. Sandy Leon then walked, and Brock Holt singled to right. After a pop-up by Dustin Pedroia, Grilli then walked Benintendi. This left the bases loaded with two-outs, the game pretty much coming on the line with Grilli pitching to Mookie Betts. Betts doubled, and that ended the game, making it 4-1 Red Sox. Danny Barnes stranded Mookie, getting out of the inning without conceding further damage.
Needing three runs in the 10th to keep the game alive, the Jays looked gone, and this time I was right, they were. Salty struck out swinging, Devon Travis struck out looking, while Chris Coghlan, who came into the game to field for Tulo struck down swinging.
Reviewing the starting pitching, Chris Sale got shafted with a no-decision, having pitched eight innings without conceding a run, only giving up four hits and a walk, and 13 strikeouts. Marco meanwhile did his job perfectly, pitching six innings without conceding an earned run, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out seven. The pens for both teams were disappointing, and for the Jays I think it’s time to thank Jason Grilli for his service and move him out of high-leverage situations, because with a tandem that works already there (Biagini-Smith-Osuna), the Jays can afford to avoid pitching Grilli more.
So I lost a night’s sleep, and all for a Jays loss. Tomorrow will see the Jays travel to Anaheim to face the Angels. With the starting rotation decimated, we will see the Triple-A starters get a shot (and even then, not the best Triple-A starters). Mat Latos will pitch tomorrow, and Casey Lawrence (yay) will pitch on Sunday my time. Let’s go Jays, and hears hoping to a West Coast road-trip to right the season.