The Jays lost and another starter might be hurt.
W: M. Tanaka 7-7
L: M. Stroman 8-5
L, 8-5 | 5.0 IP | 2 (2) | 5 H | 2 BB | 3 K |
79 PC, B: 30, S: 49 | 3.42 ERA
Marcus Stroman’s outing came to a concerning end tonight. His final line reads 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 2 BB. Those numbers obviously aren’t horrible, and they certainly aren’t disappointing. But in the big picture, today could have gone better. Stroman got in trouble early, as he worked the bases loaded in the 1st. He hit Chase Headley with a pitch to score the Yankees’ first run, and followed that by walking Jacoby Ellsbury to score the second. Stroman settled down after that. He retired the next seven batters that he faced, and only gave up three more hits (with no further walks). It was a strong recovery.
Stroman had to leave the game early, due to an apparent injury. The training staff came to the mound during the 5th to inspect his finger. It looked as though they were trying to sort out a blister. Stroman convinced them to let him stay in the game, and he finished the inning. The cameras later showed Stroman trying to make his case to stay in the game in the dugout. The Jays have dealt with more than their fair share of blister injuries this year, and decided to pull him from the game. To put it simply, they can’t afford to lose another starter to the disabled list, especially not Stroman, who has been their most consistent option this year.
The offence didn’t do much today. Going into the late innings, they really needed a spark. Enter: Ezequiel Carrera. Tonight’s centre fielder (yes, I know) got hit by a pitch in the 7th. Carrera then advanced a couple of bases, after Gary Sanchez committed a throwing error on a stolen base attempt, which allowed Zeke to go from 1st to 3rd. Carrera was lucky not to get thrown out at both 2nd and 3rd. I suppose it’s better to be lucky than good. Darwin Barney drove him in with a bloop single. The Jays added some garbage time runs in the 9th. Kendrys Morales hit a double, before Kevin Pillar picked up a pinch hit, RBI double. Barney followed that with another RBI single.
So that’s the story of tonight’s runs. The rest was ugly. Morales still looks lost at the plate, though he did show off some warning track power (and hit the aforementioned double in the 9th when Aaron Judge misread the ball). Josh Donaldson is still in a slump, and it has nothing to do with his face guard (remember, he was really good for three weeks with it when he came back from the DL). Steve Pearce vs Masahiro Tanaka was Gregg Zaun’s marquee matchup, so Pearce went 0-for-3. Oh, and it was likely Luke Maile’s last game with the team for some time, so he hit a double. As Pat Tabler said, it was nice to see him boost that SLG%.
In short, the bats are still cold.
|A. Loup (2-2)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||11 (3-8)||3.94|
|D. Barnes (1-2)||1.0||0||0||0||1||2||24 (9-15)||2.50|
|R. Tepera (4-1)||0.1||4||2||3||1||1||23 (10-13)||3.43|
|M. Bolsinger (0-2)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||2 (0-2)||5.47|
The bullpen had an extended outing tonight. Aaron Loup came in for the 6th, to face a string of lefties. That didn’t seem like a great idea, given Loup’s reverse splits this year. It turns out, John Gibbons is a genius. Loup got Didi Gregorius to flyout, before Headley and Ellsbury each grounded out. That inning will help sort out Loup’s numbers against lefties. Danny Barnes worked the 7th. Ronald Torreyes flied out to start the frame. Chris Carter then took a walk, before Clint Frazier and Brett Gardner each struck out. Well done, Barnes.
The Jays turned to Ryan Tepera in the 8th. It was a messy inning. Judge hit a single, Sanchez followed with a double, and Gregorius walked to load the bases. There were no outs. Chase Headley then ripped a two-run double Ellsbury struck out for the first out of the game. Then Torreyes hit a weak tapper, Tepera threw it to Maile, Maile bobbled it, and two more runs scored. That was it for Tepera. Those last two runs really put this one out of reach. Mike Bolsinger came in to clean things up. He got Carter to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Reminder: the next two games are afternoon affairs.