The game started nice and early for me, too early because I’m tired as fuck watching this.
Tulo and Donaldson had the day off, smart when considering they’d just came back from injury and were facing a short day. When considering their porous defence yesterday, there really was no downside to making this move. In came Goins at short, and Russell Martin at third, meaning Maile would catch today. The rest of the lineup was the normal lineup.
The game started about as well as it could’ve, for the Rangers. A first pitch home run for Shin Soo Choo to dead center before Estrada had to pitch around a couple of baserunners to keep the game 1-0 after one.
Estrada went 3 up 3 down in the second and basically both Estrada and Darvish were dealing, cruising through the second and third inning.
Estrada ran into trouble in the fourth. Odor was sitting on Estrada’s slow stuff in the fourth, and with two outs and no on, got a single to left on an 0-2 curveball. Following that, Ryan Rua hit a double down the third-base line, past Russell Martin and leaving runners on second and third two outs. With a strikeout of Gallo though, the score would remain 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Darvish would pitch out of a jam without conceding a run in the fourth, but he wouldn’t be so lucky in the fifth. A Maile one-out walk was followed by a ball that was hit hard by Pillar, a spectacular catch by Hoying in center preventing extra bases. Travis would then extend his hit streak to 13 games with a single, which would bringing Joey Bats to the plate.
With two outs and two on, Joey Bats would blast one into the left field seats, with every Blue Jays fan around the world collectively losing their shit at once as soon as he hit the no-doubter. The Jays still had more in them though, a walk by Morales followed by an unlucky ground-rule double by Smoaky that cost us a run, Deshields couldn’t make the diving catch on a slicing ball, if it doesn’t go out of play, Smoaky has a triple (has he ever tripled?). Martin would walk to load the bases. Of course Zeke would strike out to end the inning, but Darvish had about 30 pitches in the inning.
Talking about the sixth, Estrada’s sixth was weird. After a regulation groundout, Estrada got a popup that Ryan Goins caught, Goins though dropped the ball during the transfer from his glove to hand, and the umpire ruled no-catch. Goins flipped it to Travis
Elvis Andrus’ love for the Blue Jays showed yet again in the sixth, an error on a Maile grounder allowing the lineup to turn over with a runner at first. The Jays though couldn’t cash Maile in, the score 3-1 after six, with both starting pitches exiting the game with quality starts.
Loup came on to start the seventh, after a strikeout and a bloop single he was replaced by Tepera, who would get a great 6-4-3 double play that exhibited great defence the whole way through to end the inning. Goins dived to his opposite side and immediately popped up to his feet, throwing a strike to second for the forceout. Travis, in a sign of immaturity, went for two despite his feet being all over the place, and threw a ball off the bag. Smoaky though wasn’t having any of that, hoovering the ball up with a big stretch, ensuring that the DP was turnt.
Sam Dyson went 1-2-3 in the seventh, and Joe Smith replied by striking out the side in the eighth. Osuna would then pitch the clean inning for the save and the Blue Jays win