Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Toronto Blue Jays 2, Houston Astros 1

The score’s the same but it’s the Jays on top – Two solo homeruns from Encarnacion and Bautista fuel a vintage Dickey performance to an important 2-1 win against the Astros…and Danny Barnes for president.

Toronto

2

Houston

1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 0

W: R. Dickey 8-12
L: L. McCullers 6-5
S: J. Grilli 3-1

The Starter

A-

R. Dickey

W, 8-12 | 7.0 IP | 1 (1) | 6 H | 0 BB | 5 K |
107 PC, B: 29, S: 78 | 4.49 ERA

The unpredictability of Dickey’s knuckleball leaves writers like this one at a loss for analysis – there is no exact metric for predicting the flight path of a knuckleball or how it affects hitters, but my goodness did it have its dancing shoes on tonight. Dickey stayed away from giving up home runs, worked quickly, and most importantly, didn’t give up a single walk! The knuckleball is the most effective when hitters have to take a chance on it, and the Astros took plenty of chances tonight. Dickey found his spots on the edges, down, and up in a superb road start when the Blue Jays needed at least 7 innings from their starter.

The Hitting

C+
Player H-AB R RBI BB SO 2B-3B-HR SB AVG OBP Slug
J. Bautista 2-4 1 1 0 0 0-0-1 0 .221 .354 .446
J. Donaldson 1-4 0 0 0 2 0-0-0 0 .296 .407 .573
E. Encarnación 1-4 1 1 0 2 0-0-1 0 .265 .354 .545
M. Saunders 0-3 0 0 1 2 0-0-0 0 .277 .362 .525
K. Pillar 0-4 0 0 0 1 0-0-0 0 .261 .292 .385
D. Travis 1-3 0 0 1 0 0-0-0 0 .286 .330 .453
M. Upton Jr. 2-4 0 0 0 2 0-0-0 0 .214 .214 .214
J. Thole 1-4 0 0 0 3 0-0-0 0 .158 .250 .211
D. Barney 0-3 0 0 0 2 0-0-0 0 .271 .321 .367

The Jays have 4 runs in 2 games against the Astros – thats just one more run than pitchers they acquired on deadline day. Ross Atkins is basically beating this offence in TBI (things brought in) because the Jays aren’t bringing anyone across homeplate lately. That being said, Jose Bautista needed a homerun as badly as Dickey needed a quality start. It was nice to see Joey catch up to a fastball and send it over the low porch in left to notch 300 and put another milestone in the rearview mirror. Devon Travis continues to swing a hot bat – just 1 hit tonight but had great content against some stellar Houston pitching. As hard as it is to see pitches at Minute Maid Park – the strikeouts are concerning. Here’s to hoping the Jays figure out how to put some wood on the ball over the next 2 games.

The Bullpen

A+
Player IP R ER H BB SO PC (B-S) ERA
D. Barnes (0-0) 1.0 0 0 1 0 2 17 (5-12) 0.00
J. Grilli (S, 3-1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 15 (6-9) 2.18

Welcome Danny Barnes! The “homegrown” 26 year old made his major league debut tonight and had 2 big strikeouts to preserve Dickey’s quality start. Drafted in the THIRTY FIFTH ROUND in 2010 Barnes has come a long way, and it showed. He could barely breathe in the dugout after his big 8th inning, and it was exactly what the Jays needed. Jason Grilli turned in a veteran performance in the 9th after Osuna was unavailable after pitching in three straight games, striking out one without giving up a hit or walk, and he did it with Josh Thole. With such a depleted bullpen entering tonight after last night’s 14 inning marathon, these two pitchers get the highest grade.

Notable Pitchers

A

D. Barnes

0-0 | 1.0 IP | 0 (0) | 1 H | 0 BB | 2 K |
17 PC, B: 5, S: 12 | 0.00 ERA

A haiku for Danny:

Welcome to the show
The bullpen belongs to you
No pressure, Danny.

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