At least it was an interesting game.
W: B. Shaw 3-4
L: D. Barnes 2-3
9-5 | 7.2 IP | 1 (1) | 5 H | 5 BB | 7 K |
117 PC, B: 44, S: 73 | 2.98 ERA
It’s a good thing the Jays have Marcus Stroman. They needed everything that he could give them tonight. Stroman’s final line reads 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 5 BB. He worked very efficiently, as he was able to keep his pitch count down and finally give the Jays a deep outing from their starting pitcher. It was the quintessential Stroman outing, as he picked up tons of ground ball outs and limited the damage on the base paths. The only time that Cleveland really threatened was in the 5th, when they had runners on the corners. Fortunately, he was able to escape that unscathed. Stroman ran into one more jam in the 8th. He walked Michael Brantley with one out, which brought Edwin Encarnacion to the plate. Encarnacion struck out, before Jose Ramirez hit a single to knock Stroman out of the game. Although he wasn’t able to get out of the 8th, it was still a great appearance.
As good as this outing was, the Jays still have cause for concern. Stroman was clearly dealing with a hot spot on his right hand, which was reminiscent of his earlier blister concerns. With Aaron Sanchez back on the DL today, the Jays can’t afford to lose Stroman in the same way.
As a final note, Stroman now has an ERA of 2.98. That puts him third in the American League, and below Sanchez’s season total from a year ago.
The offence was missing for most of the night. Kevin Pillar picked up a hit, but otherwise, Danny Salazar was perfect through 7.0 innings. Not much else to say, really. Andrew Miller came in for the 8th. Things looked bleak. But then… Justin Smoak hit an opposite field home run on the first pitch that he saw. That was unexpected. Smoak is slowly creeping his way up the AL OPS leaderboard. The bats didn’t do much more after Smoak’s hit.
That changed in extras, though! Josh Donaldson started things off by reaching on a Francisco Lindor error. That was followed by a Smoak walk. First and second, nobody out. After Kendrys Morales struck out, Steve Pearce grounded into what should have been an inning ending double play, but there was a low throw at 1st, which allowed Pearce to reach safely. Kevin Pillar grounded out to end the inning. The Blue Jays stranded a pair.
|R. Tepera (5-1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||7 (3-4)||3.47|
|J. Biagini (2-8)||1.0||0||0||0||1||2||19 (9-10)||5.05|
|D. Barnes (L, 2-3)||0.0||1||1||1||0||0||7 (2-5)||3.09|
Ryan Tepera came in with two on and two out in the 8th inning. Tepera did his job, as he struck out Carlos Santana to end the inning. Joe Biagini worked the 9th inning. He struck out Abraham Almonte, before Yan Gomes walked. Giovanni Ursula came within several feet of hitting a walkoff homer, but the ball landed safely into Steve Pearce’s glove, deep in left field. Bradley Zimmer then worked a full count, before Biagini struck him out with a nasty curveball to end the inning. It’s fun to watch a competitive contest.
Danny Barnes was given the ball in the 10th. Francisco Lindor hit a walkoff homer. Barnes has struggled recently.
One game closer to standing pat at the deadline.