7/1 Blue Jays-Mariners Series Recap
Today was the last game of a three-game set between the Blue Jays and the Mariners. The Blue Jays lost this series 2-1. The Jays are now 41-38 and are in 3rd place in the AL East, 8.5 games back of the Red Sox. They are 5 games out of a wild card spot. They are now 7-3 in their last 10 games and will host the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game set starting Friday.
In the first game of this series, Robbie Ray faced off against Chris Flexen. Robbie Ray went 6 strong innings giving up 3 runs while striking out 10. They Blue Jays knocked Flexen out of the game after 5 innings by putting up 3 runs and 7 hits against him. After Flexen was taken out, the Blue Jays were able to put up 3 runs in 1 inning against Rafael Montero on a Bo Bichette home run. They then closed out the scoring with three more runs in the 7th on a Marcus Semien home run against Will Vest. After Ray was taken out on the Blue Jays side, Tim Mayza went one inning giving up two hits but getting out of the jam with a double play. Jacob Barnes pitched the 8th and continued his strong start to his Blue Jays career with 1 inning and 3 strikeouts. Finally, Tayler Saucedo closed out the game with 1 no-hit inning. The Blue Jays won 9-3.
Steven Matz took the hill against Justus Sheffield in game 2 in an offensive showdown. Matz went just 2.2 innings for the Jays and gave up 4 earned runs on 5 hits. Trent Thornton then came in and went 1.1 innings giving up 2 earned runs. Anthony Kay was very strong in the next 4 innings for the Blue Jays, giving up just 1 hit and 1 walk with 0 runs and 5 strikeouts. Jordan Romano then pitched a shutout 9th, as he usually does. For the Mariners, Sheffield pitched 4 innings and gave up 4 earned runs on 7 hits. JT Chargois came in in relief and the Blue Jays scored 1 run in 1 inning off of him. Paul Sewald threw a perfect inning before Anthony Misiewicz threw 1.1 innings and gave up 1 run. Kendall Graveman closed out the 8th and 9th and the game went into the 10th. Patrick Murphy got the first Mariner out before allowing another baserunner and a 3-run home run. Tayler Saucedo then limited the damage with two quick outs. Drew Steckenrider then came in for Seattle and gave up an RBI double to Cavan Biggio, but that was it. The Jays lost the contest 9-7.
The final game of the series was rough for the Blue Jays. Hyun Jin Ryu got roughed up in his 4 innings of work, giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. Patrick Murphy threw 1.2 clean innings, and Adam Cimber, the Blue Jays recent acquisition, pitched 1.1 shutout innings. After Cimber, Jacob Barnes threw another perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Tyler Chatwood came into the game in the ninth and, once again, did not pitch well. He allowed 2 earned runs on 2 hits and two walks. Tayler Saucedo was forced to enter his 3rd straight game to get the last out of the 9th inning. The Blue Jays offense struggled to get anything going after Marcus Semien’s leadoff homer, as Yusei Kikuchi went 7 innings giving up 1 earned run, on Semien’s home run. The Blue Jays got another run in the 8th against Drew Steckenrider, but that was all. Paul Sewald finished the game for the Mariners, and they beat the Jays 7-2.
The Blue Jays begin a 3-game series at home against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.