W: B. Mitchell 1-0
L: M. Stroman 9-7
S: T. Clippard 1-0
I feel empty.
L, 9-7 | 5.0 IP | 2 (2) | 7 H | 1 BB | 8 K |
97 PC, B: 35, S: 62 | 4.55 ERA
Stroman had a good (albeit brief) outing tonight. His final line reads 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 8 K. Stroman had everything working tonight. The eight strikeouts stand out, as he tends to perform well when he racks up the Ks. Beyond that, he was also able to pick up his fair share of ground balls. The only trouble came in the 3rd. After two quick outs, Stroman allowed a home run to Starlin Castro. A walk and a double later, Brian McCann hit an RBI single. That inning took a toll on Stroman’s pitch count. He allowed some more contact in the 4th, but worked his way out of it. All told, a five-inning performance was disappointing, given how strong his stuff looked. It was a decent outing nonetheless.
|M. Upton Jr.||0-2||0||0||1||1||0-0-0||0||.214||.266||.342|
Then there’s the offence. They didn’t do anything. They should have, but they didn’t. Here’s a recap of the disappointment: They had Pillar and Upton on with nobody out in the 3rd… couldn’t score; Bautista on with one out in the 4th… couldn’t score; Travis on 2nd with nobody out in the 6th… couldn’t score; Tulowitzki on 2nd with one out in the 7th… couldn’t score. Finally, with Bautista at 1st, Encarnacion hit a deep flyout to the right field wall in the 8th… couldn’t score.
That was incredible. I couldn’t have imagined them playing so poorly, with so many opportunities to score. They went 0-for-8 with RISP, and it felt even worse. It seems like the bats need a day off to reset. These past few days have been atrocious.
|J. Biagini (4-2)||2.0||0||0||1||1||4||30 (11-19)||2.43|
|R. Osuna (2-2)||1.0||0||0||1||0||0||6 (3-3)||2.40|
With Stroman’s short start, the bullpen had an extended night. That was fine, as they get a day off tomorrow. Biagini did his best to shoulder the load. He pitched an excellent 6th inning, with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout. The Genie came back for the 7th. After striking out Brett Gardner, he allowed a double to Jacoby Ellsbury. Starlin Castro then popped out. Martin decided to give an intentional walk to Didi Gregorius, and it paid off, as Biagini struck out Teixeira to end the inning. The Jays needed two big innings, and he delivered. Osuna came out for the 8th. It made sense to use him, as he could keep the game close, and still get a day off on Thursday. McCann started the inning with a popout. Chase Headley then hit a single, but was caught stealing 2nd. Aaron Judge flied out to end the frame. It was a strong showing from Osuna, given that it wasn’t a save situation.
Well… on to the Red Sox.