Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Toronto Blue Jays 8, Boston Red Sox 6

Toronto picks up a win in the finale at Fenway.

Toronto

8

Boston

6

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 1 0 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 8 10 1
Boston 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 8 0

W: D. Leone 2-0
L: D. Fister 0-4
S: R. Osuna 2-0

The Starter

D

F. Liriano

5-5 | 1.2 IP | 3 (2) | 5 H | 1 BB | 1 K |
54 PC, B: 19, S: 35 | 6.15 ERA

To begin the game, Francisco Liriano had a good 1st inning. He gave up a single to Dustin Pedroia, but struck out Hanley Ramirez to end the frame. In the 2nd, Bogaerts and Leon hit consecutive doubles to tie the game 1-1. Liriano was staying low in the zone and the Red Sox hitters reacted by going down after it. Boston tacked on two more runs courtesy of a Mookie Betts single. Liriano was working really hard on the mound because the Red Sox offense was taking him deep into counts. After he walked Chris Young, Liriano was taken out of the game. It could have been his recent injury or just a bad day. Francisco threw over 40 pitches in the 2nd inning alone and 54 through 1.2 innings on the mound.

The Hitting

A-
Player H-AB R RBI BB SO 2B-3B-HR SB AVG OBP Slug
J. Bautista 0-5 0 0 0 1 0-0-0 0 .227 .340 .402
R. Martin 1-3 2 0 2 2 1-0-0 0 .225 .367 .381
J. Donaldson 1-4 1 1 1 3 1-0-0 0 .246 .366 .440
J. Smoak 3-5 2 3 0 1 0-0-2 0 .298 .372 .588
K. Morales 1-4 1 0 1 0 0-0-0 0 .255 .308 .452
S. Pearce 1-5 1 2 0 2 0-0-0 0 .272 .326 .457
K. Pillar 0-0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 .253 .305 .407
E. Carrera 2-4 0 0 1 1 1-0-0 0 .289 .355 .428
R. Goins 1-4 0 2 1 0 0-0-0 0 .207 .268 .322
D. Barney 0-3 1 0 1 0 0-0-0 1 .217 .271 .274

A couple of doubles in the 1st inning put Toronto on the scoreboard. The hits were back to back by Martin and Donaldson who made good contact against Doug Fister. It was good to see the Jays strike early against Fister, keeping him from settling into the game.

The Blue Jays took advantage with the bases loaded in the 3rd inning. After taking three walks from Fister, a harmless infield fly ball by Steve Pearce was dropped by Holt, which scored two runs for Toronto. Carrera drew the fourth walk of the inning and the bases were loaded again. Goins came through with a two-run single to right field, putting the Jays ahead 5-3. The team did a great job taking advantage of Fister’s mistakes.

Justin Smoak led off the 5th inning by taking Fister deep. The ball kept carrying in the air, helping it clear the fence in centre field. The Boston starter was removed from the game one batter later, but Boston’s bullpen are tough customers to face. The Blue Jays now had a three-run lead 6-3.

Fernando Abad walked Barney and Martin in the 6th inning. After Abad was removed, Justin Smoak ripped a single to right, scoring a run. That was all the Blue Jays would manage for the inning, but they still had the lead 7-3.

Justin Smoak struck again in the top of the 9th inning. This time he took a slow curve ball over the monster in left field. The ball just hit the top of the fence, but it counted. It was his third RBI of the game and his 26th homer of the season. Still in the 9th, with two outs, Carrera ripped a double into the gap in right-centre field. He was left stranded after Goins flew out, but Toronto had tacked on another run. Their 8-6 lead would hold up for the win.

The Bullpen

B+
Player IP R ER H BB SO PC (B-S) ERA
D. Leone (W, 2-0) 2.1 0 0 0 1 4 29 (8-21) 2.68
J. Biagini (2-8) 2.0 0 0 1 1 1 30 (15-15) 5.11
D. Barnes (2-2) 0.2 3 3 2 2 0 16 (9-7) 2.89
R. Tepera (5-1) 1.1 0 0 0 1 2 21 (7-14) 3.49
R. Osuna (S, 2-0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 13 (4-9) 2.06

The bullpen had a lot of innings to eat up in this game. First up was Dominic Leone, who got Pedroia to line out, ending the 2nd. He had a quick 3rd inning, striking out Ramirez and Bradley. Leone was throwing a lot of strikes and was very accurate.

Leone stayed in the game into the 4th inning. He struck out two more batters and was a flame-thrower. Of 24 total pitches, he had thrown 20 strikes. When Leone walked Betts to lead-off the 5th, he was taken out of the game. It was an excellent outing for Leone, who racked up four strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

Joe Biagini took over in the 5th. Thanks to great defense on the field from Barney and Donaldson, there were two quick outs in the frame. He gave up a single and a walk, but struck out Bradley to escape the inning. Joe’s velocity was there, but he was missing the corners enough to not get the calls from the umpire. He retired the side in order for the 6th inning. Another strong showing to keep the Red Sox at bay.

To begin the 7th inning, Danny Barnes was on the mound. He walked Holt then gave up a single to Betts. Then, Dustin Pedroia hit a home run over the wall in left field to bring Boston to within a run, 7-6. Barnes was removed from the game after walking Jackie Bradley Jr. It was not a good outing for Barnes, who is usually pounding the strike zone.

John Gibbons turned to Ryan Tepera to end the 7th. He struck out Bogaerts with four pitches to end the inning. In the 8th, Tepera walked Leon to start things off. He managed to close out the inning, including striking out Holt and inducing a fly ball from Betts. Ryan got the job done, setting things up for the 9th and holding the lead.

Closer Roberto Osuna had the 9th inning. He was looking to start a new save streak after allowing Boston to tie the game in his last outing. Roberto had a 1-2-3 inning, highlighted by striking out Pedroia and Ramirez. He had his usual nasty stuff back.

Notable Hitters

J. Bautista

0-5 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .227, OBP: .340, Slug: .402

Made a great catch to rob Leon of a hit in the 6th. Jose had a pretty bad day with the bat, however.

R. Martin

1-3 | 2 BB | 2 R | 1 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 2 K | 0 SB | AVG: .225, OBP: .367, Slug: .381

Threw out Betts on a steal attempt in the 5th, removing the speedy threat from the bases.

E. Carrera

2-4 | 1 BB | 0 R | 1 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .289, OBP: .355, Slug: .428

He was charged with an error in the 2nd inning when he overthrew the cut-off man. Not sure if that’s a real error or not, but it was an absent-minded moment for Carrera in centre field.

D. Barney

0-3 | 1 BB | 1 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 1 SB | AVG: .217, OBP: .271, Slug: .274

Heads up base running in the 6th. After drawing a walk, he caught Boston sleeping and stole second base easily. Later in the inning, he quickly got to third base on a wild pitch.

Barney also robbed Ramirez of a hit in the 7th inning, diving for a ball up the middle.

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