|Reyes – SS||1.44||0.005|
|Bautista – RF||1.41||0.382|
|Encarnacion – DH||1.52||-0.052|
|Lind – 1B||0.93||-0.025|
|Thole – 1B||2.04||-0.119|
|Davis – LF||1.71||0.009|
|Rasmus – CF||1.85||0.123||Pitcher||pLI||WPA|
|Arencibia – C||1.95||-0.118||Buehrle – SP||0.82||-0.121|
|Izturis – 3B||2.14||-0.105||McGowan – RP||0.56||0.088|
|Kawasaki – 2B||1.27||-0.051||Perez – RP||2.42||-0.066|
|Bonifacio – PH / 2B||3.03||-0.168||Janssen – RP||4.26||-0.281|
Bests / Worsts of the game after the jump!
GBOOT: Jose Bautista, 38.2%
Griffin: Casey Janssen, -28.1%
Impact At-Bat: Bautista Solo Home Run, Top 9, 33.6%
Impact Pitch: Shane Victorino
GIDP Game-Winning Reached On Error, Bot 9, -28.1%
Highest Leverage AB: Emilio Bonifacio Strikeout, Top 6, 4.00
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Victorino
GIDP Walk-Off, Bot 9, 4.26
Lineup Contribution: -11.9%
Pitching Contribution: -38.1%
Average Leverage Index: 1.39
- Mark Buehrle’s line: 6.0ip, 7h, 4k, 1bb, 4er, 105 pitches, 5 swinging strikes, 45 game score, 2.72FIP.
- Ryan Dumpster’s line: 5.1ip, 7h, 2er, 2k, 3bb, 96 pitches, 7 swinging strikes, 45 game score, 3.99FIP.
- This is is the Mark Buehrle start that defines Mark Buehrle starts. He got hit around a little bit over the course of 6 innings, managing to keep the ball in the ballpark and take on minimal damage. The Red Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning after Ryan Lavarnway hit a RBI ground rule double and Brandon Snyder followed with a 2-run double of his own. Buehrle settled slightly, giving up another RBI double in the 5th to Jonny Gomes.
- Adam Lind left the game in the 3rd inning due to tightness in his mid-back. He was replaced at 1st by Josh Thole, a possibly innocuous fact that I’m bringing up because of a literary device known as FORESHADOWING.
- The Jays offense got off to a bit of a slow start but got things rolling in the 4th with Encarnacion’s lead off single coming around to count thanks to hits from Davis and Rasmus, and Maicer Izturis cashed in Rajai on a fielder’s choice to bring the Jays within 1. In the 7th Jose Reyes (2) hit his first home run since returning from the DL, a solo shot to left.
- In the 9th, with the Jays trailing 4-3, Jose Bautista (19) jumped all over a Koji Uehara breaking ball and hit it out of the building to tie the game.
- Dustin McGowan worked scoreless 7th and 8th innings. Juan Perez took over in the 9th inning, giving up a 1-out single to Snyder and a walk to Jacoby Ellsbury. He gave way in the high leverage situation to Casey Janssen. And… Well…
- Sighhhhhhh. Well… The 2nd pitch Casey Janssen threw turned into a Shane Victorino ground-ball that was hit almost directly at Thole. The ball ate him up and rolled through the infield, scoring Jonathan Diaz without issue, giving the Red Sox a walk-off error. You couldn’t have asked Janssen to do much more, and sometimes you don’t get the bounces but damn. It sucked.
- The Jays managed 11 hits and 4 walks, but failed to come through in a number of big spots, leaving 10 men on base.
- The most egregious inning for the Jays was the 6th, where the Jays loaded the bases with none out only to watch Arencibia and Izturis pop out to short followed by a Bonifacio K. The Jays came away with nothing to show for a huge opportunity, dropping their Win Expectancy by 30% in 3 at-bats.
- A fairly rough afternoon for the bottom of the order, Rasmus, Izturis, Kawasaki, and Bonifacio combined to go 1-for-10 (Muni had the hit, obviously). Arencibia drew a walk, but the struggle he’s been in (.195/.242/.338 with 5 XBH in June) led to your boy Shi writing an article saying ”Frustration is starting to build”. There are a number of eye popping numbers in the piece, including that he’s seen just 12% of his at-bats reach a 2-0 count.
- While we all stress with heavy hands that one loss is just one loss and to never get too high or too low, Gibby himself called this the most frustrating loss of the season. That’s becoming a pretty difficult accolade to keep track of.
- The (40-41) Jays managed to not get swept by the BoSox, and now host Detroit 4-game set against the AL Central leading (43-37) Tigers. The series begins at the Rog Mahal at 1:07pm EST
- The projected series opening matchup is R.A. Dickey (4.90FIP, 0.6fWAR) vs Jose Alvarez (5.70FIP, -0.1fWAR)
Happy Canada Day! Bring on the garish red unis.