Jays 18 in Phyllis 11
Jays jumped all over Kyle Gibson early, taking a 6-0 lead through three rounds as they threatened to turn it into laughter behind Ross Stripling. The bats are often quiet this year after building an early lead, and have cost them either directly in the arrangement or hanging on the white joint strands that have increased the workload of the back of the bulls.
Although they didn’t really land a decisive knockout against Gibson, the barrage of attack relentlessly continued to come and go. Which proved crucial when Stripling faltered in the middle innings and became a close match, and later when Julian Merryweather hit a major upset to come close too late. The only real downside was that the pace necessarily struggled with the time approaching four hours and about an hour into the last nine runs.
Jays arrives at Gibson right off the bat, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. cutting a single (after George Springer lined up a more impressive connection) and Sir Alejandro Kirk with two to bring in Matt Chapman. He pulled a towering blast to the left to give the Jays a lead that they wouldn’t eventually give up despite some efforts to the contrary.
They tackled a couple more in the second as Danny Jansen drove the break with a corn can down the left field line that Kyle Schwarber had never seen and submerged. Springer knocked on Jansen with one song. Kirk brought Bigo home with two out of one. More damage followed in the third as it was Tuscar Hernandez’s turn to double his lead, cashed by Jansen’s weakness.
Meanwhile, Ross Streabling was pretty cool early on, so it looked like Jay was about to set sail for a very easy victory. Changing it in particular was a devastating fade, and it was almost perfect the first time, allowing only a pioneering double per second to a stranded JT Realmuto.
The second time didn’t go nearly as well, starting with Schwarber making a decent connection to ending the third. An even more difficult streak opened for 4th Tuskar, followed by Bryce Harper and Realmuto tearing up singles. With two people out, one broke on the field, but it was still 6-1 and there was reason to believe he could get through 6 innings.
Unfortunately, the 5th order wasn’t even better at the bottom of the rankings. Quick in letters, Stripling challenged Dalton Guthrie, who was first drawn on his home ground in the MLB (7-2). No big deal per se, but two more solos followed, then another double laser beam (7-3_. His night ended with another RBI by Bryce Harper (7-4).
Not much better at first, Zach Pop gave up Realmuto’s third hit to make it 7-5 with the Phillies in a more position. He was saved when Stott tattooed a ball after pitting a fly but straight to Springer in CF, and doubled Harper for second to finish the run. To his credit, Bob bounced back in the sixth inning fast and tidy.
Fortunately, Jays kept working. Jansen had cashed in Chapman’s double in fifth, and they added another in the sixth inning thanks to a foul from Stott after Springer’s double. Tuskar hit a double in front on the seventh, scoring after Tapia lined up the ball to the right of the left field line and sprinted to third. He later scored to make the score 10-5.
After Tim Maeza worked an easy bottom of sixth with two strike strokes, it looked like Jay was in control of the cruise control. Then things got really wild. Jays’ top five hitters reached eighth on two free passes and two solos, capped by the Tapia double. Three teams followed, but at 14-5 it looked like a laugh as the Jays made several substitutions.
This included bringing in Merryweather for what should have been an easy wipe, but he smashed two singles intermittently to get into a mess (in fairness, he was one of those Realmuto who was doing this for everyone). Then stroll to load bases, strike, and walk. The ground replaced the run in the second half, but then he challenged Kyle Schwarber with a quick shot, and well… he could do more damage then Guthrie.
So at 14-10 suddenly there is no longer a boat race. David Phelps got the latter quickly to send him to the ninth, but of course it wouldn’t be a quick and drama-free role either. The Phillies brought in longtime friend (short) Brad Hand, who apparently decided to play against the Jays while he was throwing them, with some defensive lapses mixed in. Jackie Bradley Jr.
Catcher Garrett Stubbs used back tricks to get his last two wins.
Of course, there should have been some drama at the bottom of the half as Realmuto pulled off his fifth goal. With two out, Bichette fired a volley, and ended up loading bases before Phelps finished it off brilliantly at 18-11.
Jays today: Chapman (+.235 WPA) is the only one in numbers due to the distributed nature of the attack, with five others ending up between +.048 and +.071. We’ll add Springer (2 vs. 5, BB), Teoscar (4 vs. 5) and Jansen (3 vs. 6) since the barrage of exploration runs ended up pretty much the same. Bob (+176) also has the number but ironically most of that was for the first half that he wasn’t due in the least.
sucking: shredder (-206). and Merryweather (-017) in principle despite the shortcomings in achieving the mark. Bichette had the low water mark among the hitters at -077 (plus the error).
Tomorrow, Jays will be looking to sweep the two mini-game series in Philly, as Kevin Gasuman blasts back into the opposite hill for another team in Zack Wheeler at 6:45 EST.