The view from Deep Left Area on Monday’s 5-4 Blue Jays loss in Oakland:
Down 3-0 going into the third inning, the Blue Jays struck again in a rush.
After having managed only one base runner over the primary two frames — a Marcus Semien stroll — they began the inning with a single by Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., who has a five-game hit streak after a tough begin to the season. Gurriel was pressured at second by Danny Jansen’s fielder’s alternative grounder, then Cavan Biggio labored a 2-0 depend and the fireworks started.
Biggio drilled the subsequent pitch into left area for a single, shifting Jansen as much as second. Bo Bichette grounded the subsequent pitch up the center, previous a diving Oakland shortstop Elvis Andrus, scoring Jansen. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. blistered the subsequent pitch to proper area, however at 110.2 miles per hour off the bat it was hit too arduous to attain Biggio from second, so the bases have been loaded for Teoscar Hernandez, who lined the subsequent pitch to left area for a two-run double to tie the sport.
Over a span of simply 4 pitches, the Jays picked up 4 hits and turned a three-run deficit right into a tie sport.
The aggressiveness continued, as Randal Grichuk made it 5 straight pitches put in play, however he grounded to quick and Andrus put the tag on Hernandez for the second out. Semien ended the inning by flying out to proper on the eighth pitch of his at-bat — seeing extra pitches in that journey than the earlier 5 hitters mixed.
As productive as that inning was, theJays managed to get solely 4 extra runners on base for the remainder of the sport.
- Matz tough: Steven Matz was higher in Oakland than he was in his final begin, through which he allowed six runs on eight hits to Washington in simply 3 2/3 innings, however nonetheless not adequate. The southpaw was nickel-and-dimed to dying in that earlier outing, however this time it wasn’t only a bunch of singles that did him in.
Within the backside of the second, Matz gave up back-to-back doubles to Matt Chapman, into the left-field nook, and Jed Lowrie, off the right-field wall, earlier than serving up a 391-foot dwelling run to Deep Left Area to Stephen Piscotty.
Within the fifth, with the sport tied, Matz dedicated the cardinal sin of strolling the leadoff man, doubling down on the hazard as a result of it was the nine-hitter. Two batters later, Ramon Laureano gave the Athletics the lead for good with a rocket that went 432 ft into the Oakland night time.
Matz left the sport with an ERA of 4.78, a good distance from the glowing 1.47 he put up over his first three terrific begins of the season, however way more according to his profession quantity.
- Mixing it up: Travis Bergen was the primary man out of the Jays’ bullpen, taking up for Matz to start out the sixth inning, and the lefty began pumping fastballs, as he has all season.
In every of his first two outings this 12 months, Bergen threw nothing however the 92-93 mile per hour warmth, and he started Monday’s outing the identical method.
He gave up a double and a stroll, and received a few pop-ups — one among which was an journey on which he wound up on the seat of his pants in entrance of the mound attempting to get out of Guerrero’s method.
With two on and two out, Bergen discovered himself forward 1-2 in opposition to Oakland’s nine-hitter, Tony Kemp, and figured that will be the correct time to snap off his very first curveball of your complete season. Kemp stood frozen on the plate, taking it for strike three.
Bergen got here again out for the seventh, and after giving up a deep fly ball to Mark Canha, run down by Grichuk on the warning observe, he began off Laureano together with his second curveball of the 12 months. It was additionally taken for a strike.
Two was sufficient. The opposite 28 of Bergen’s 30 pitches on the night time have been fastballs.
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