So happy Canada Day everyone, the 5th inning birthday song for Canada was a bit over the top, but whatever works I guess.
So back to the action on the field. Yeah it didn’t look too great, and the Jays tried to shake things up in order to do something against Sale
An unorthodox lineup for the Jays today, with some shuffling in order to get Morales out of the lineup and allow Donaldson a half day off. So Donaldson was DHing, with Barney fielding at third. Steve Pearce also played left instead of Zeke.
So the first two innings, well we were in a massive 4-0 hole early, and I can’t really say that Liriano pitched badly, they were just hitting. A couple of RBI doubles and before you know, we’ve lost another game.
The lead would be extended in the fifth, as a single by Betts was parlayed into a stolen base, and eventually scored on a Bogaerts sac fly. To be that guy, it was actually a very impressive sac fly, seeing that the ball was down and in, and he still got it to deep center.
The Jays could do nothing with Sale in the first five innings, only a couple of singles and HBP, but no-one in scoring position.
The bottom of the sixth though started promisingly, with Russell Martin aboard as the leadoff man, another HBP. Another Donaldson struck out for the third time, Smoaky doubled off the wall, putting runners on second and third with one out. Tulo tried to get an RBI, but Chris Sale is too tall, and took the grounder before it could pass him for a run. That left Steve Pearce with two-outs and worked the count full, but all he could do was pop-up. Score still 5-0 after six.
At least the Jays limited the Chris Sale outing, working the count in order to have him above 100 pitches after six
Liriano was pulled for a new guy called up from Triple-A Buffalo, Lucas Harrell coming in for his Blue Jays debut. He had a clean inning, aided by an absolute meatball that Pedroia missed. Regardless, better debut than Sparkman’s.
Talking about the previous thing about Sale’s pitch count, well he came out for the seventh, Pillar hit him hard, but straight to JBJ, while Barney did the same, with JBJ making a good running catch. Goins then hit a soft liner for a single, Joey Bats would strike out looking to end it.
The Jays would get out of a jam in the top of the eighth, a couple of fortuitous moments preventing runners from scoring, after the Sox had men on second and third with one out.
Martin was hit by another pitch to leadoff the eighth, this time off a reliever. Again he couldn’t be cashed in.
Things got worse, we got smashed.
Liriano pitched better than his line suggested, six innings, 5 earned runs off of 7 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 4. I’m not going to put Sale’s numbers up, frankly I don’t wanna know.
To conclude, a little bit about Canada Day from a Blue Jays point of view. Gibby said it was an honour to be the manager of Canada’s only MLB team, I just have to ask. Is he honoured because he’s got a job, or honoured because he’s the manager of the Blue Jays. I’m a mad Blue Jays fan, but Canada doesn’t really go through my mind when supporting the team, just saying.
Tomorrow will see another afternoon game that I probably, no won’t watch. It’ll see Joe Biagini start against Drew Pomeranz. Perhaps more intriguing, tomorrow will see Aaron Sanchez make his final rehab start at Triple-A Buffalo, so if anyone has minor league TV, the game starts at 1pm EST.