Bests / Worsts and the gif of the game after the jump!
Shamsky: Jose Reyes, 34.5%
Griffin: Edwin Encarnacion, -29.5%
Impact At-Bat: Reyes Solo Homer, Bot 7, 23.1%
Impact Pitch: Dustin Pedroia Double, Top 6, 17.2%
Highest Leverage AB: Adam Lind Flyout, Bot 8, 5.18
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Mike Napoli RBI 5-3 Groundout, Top 8, 3.09
Lineup Contribution: -17.1%
Pitching Contribution: -32.9%
Average Leverage Index: 1.43
- Josh Johnson’s line: 6ip, 9h, 1hr, 3er, 2bb, 6k’s.
- Jose Reyes. He went 4-for-5 and came a few strides short of hitting for the cycle. He wasn’t perfect (the 1st out of the 5th was Reyes being DOA trying to stretch that strides-short triple) but he put on quite a show at the plate. His game tying home run in the 7th blew the roof off the place and unified the attention of the 45,000+ that attended the game last night.
- Speaking of the 45,000+ in attendance, it was pretty much a complete and total cliche of a heavily attended Jays game. It had moments that were totally awesome and also a two inning long airshow of folded paper tickets. Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves got booed just for walking out of the dugout sorta looking like John Farrell and I’m sure there will be plenty of stories out there about fights if you really look for them.
- It would be hard to imagine Emilio Bonifacio could possibly have had a worse night, going 1-for-5 with 4 strikeouts and 3 errors. He didn’t look very good at the plate and one of the fielding errors looked to be a fairly turnable double play ball that could have saved a run.
- Jeremy Jeffress debuted in the 9th inning, giving up a solo home run on the second pitch to the first batter he faced. While it has been pretty dominantly argued that momentum isn’t something that exists on a baseball field, it certain seemed to exist with the crowd as the 29 pitches Jeffress needed to get out of the 9th really knocked the wind out of the increasingly inebriated and irritated sails of the paying customers. He only gave up one run but gauging the mood of the stadium it felt like the Jays were suddenly down 3 or 4.
- Brett Cecil struck out 4 in his 1.1 innings of work. He continued to hit 94 on the stadium gun, which is something considering it feels like we were just talking about his decreasing velocity weren’t we?
- The Jays had several chances to win this game even though they probably shouldn’t have given all the miscues. 0-for-10 with RISP, the highest leverage of those following Rajai Davis’ 1-out double in the 8th. The Jays had a chance to tie it up and after Rasmus walked neither Adam Lind nor Maicer Izturis could cash anybody in.
- Lind pinch-hit for Mark DeRosa in the 6th, after DeRosa had homered (to dead centre) and delivered a sac fly in his previous 2 plate appearances. Lind flied out twice including a warning-track shot in his first at bat, but ultimately he fell to 0-for-13 on the season with 1 walk. The Lind-for-DeRosa switch left Bautista and Henry Blanco as the bench options for the Jays, so there was no chance Bautista was showing up to take a crucial AB (say, in Izturis’ place in the 8th) with viable no replacement defensive or base-running option for a guy nursing a twisted ankle.
- While writing this I couldn’t help but be overcome by the realization that the Red Sox players probably felt amazing after winning that game for their new manager.
- You should be happy if you’re reading this because baseball is closer than normal. John Lackey takes of J.A. Happ just in time for brunch. 1:07 the start.
(All data via Fangraphs)