With Porcello and Borucki on the mound for their respective teams on Friday night, you would have probably expected a low scoring affair last night. It was anything but that.
Despite being recently called up from AAA, Borucki has been one of the best pitchers in the Jays’ rotation. With Happ and Gaviglio struggling, Stroman just getting back to his normal self, and Estrada dealing with injury, Borucki has been one of the best starters for Toronto over the last few weeks.
Mookie Betts started the Red Sox night off with a leadoff triple. After Brock Holt struck out, JD Martinez grounded out to Lourdes Gurriel. Gurriel elected to go home instead of 1st and try and get the out at the plate. The throw to home was a one bouncer that Martin couldn’t handle and Betts was safe. That was all the Red Sox would get in the 1st inning.
The bottom of the 2nd started with a Sam Travis walk. Leon and Bradley Jr. then both get hits. After a throwing error from Pillar which allowed Leon to advance to third and Bradley to second, Mookie Betts then hit his second triple of the night to cash in both runners. Betts and Holt later scored in that inning and that was all Boston would get for the rest of the night.
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The Blue Jays offence exploded last night. Their defence on the other hand — not so good. Once again, the Blue Jays were lacklustre defensively. Not making plays that could of, and probably should have been made. Luckily, the offence came alive last night to save them.
The 13 runs scored by the Toronto were the most runs allowed by Boston this season, and the most scored by the Blue Jays since they beat the Orioles 13-3 back in June. Pillar had 4 hits last night, Smoak had two homeruns, Morales had three walks, and recently called up Dwight Smith Jr. hit a two run shot in the top of the third to give the Blue Jays the lead and they didn’t look back after that.
The Blue Jays play game 3 of this series this afternoon at 1:05 PM ET and the game can be caught on Sportsnet. Gaviglio takes the bump for Toronto, opposed by Eduardo Rodriguez.