Tanner Roark has not pitched since July 28. He issued five walks, four of which came in the first inning. Roark struck out only one batter, gave up three hits and four runs over three innings.
Command was a huge issue for Roark, throwing only 31 strikes. Also, when Roark would miss he missed badly, leaving hanging pitches down the middle.
Blue Jays Notables
Cavan Biggio went 2-4 with a walk and a home run to start the game. This is Biggio’s third home run of the season. In addition, Biggio walked once, improving his OBP to .265.
Teoscar Hernandez continues to swing a hot bat. Hernandez went 2-4 with a double. In the past 10 games, Hernandez has 12 hits, four home runs and six RBI’s.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 1-2 with a double and two walks.
Verdugo does it all
Alex Verdugo went 2-3 with two home runs and a walk. In addition, Verdugo robbed Travis Shaw of a home run in the ninth.
Base Running Mistakes
Baserunning mistakes cost the Blue Jays runs. Bo Bichette was too aggressive in the first inning, after trying to advance to third on a routine ground ball to short. Then, in the sixth, Guerrero tried to advance on a throw home and was thrown out at third. Guerrero’s mistake cost the Blue Jays a run, as next up Randall Grichuk hit a single to the monster, which should have scored Guerrero.
The Blue Jays send Matt Shoemaker to the mound; the Red Sox will counter with Zack Godley.
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