TORONTO — There will be no Canada Day comeback for the Blue Jays after their ninth round failure in the rally when Bo Bichette was thrown to the plate trying to score the game on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s first single, which led to the Blue Jays. Losing 7-6 to the Boston Red Sox on National Day Saturday.
With two outs and two down, Guerrero fielded one into Red Sox right field near Kenley Jansen. George Springer, who had hit earlier, scored easily from third base, but Red Sox right fielder Alex Verdugo threw the ball quickly and with his strong arm, it was difficult for Bechet to score at second base.
Blue Jays third base coach Luis Rivera appeared to put his hand up, signaling Betchet to stop as he moved up to third with the arrival of Matt Chapman. But based on shortstop post-game comments, Rivera’s signal may not have been safe enough because Bichette crossed, apparently not seeing him, tagged him at the plate, and ended the game.
Afterwards, Bechet said he knew he had to be aggressive if he wanted to score the game, but “I kind of assumed I’d stop, but I really didn’t see anything.”
“I was ready to leave. I thought I’d probably get suspended for who I hit. I really couldn’t think of anything to say to myself anyway.” “I don’t know. I didn’t really have a clear idea.”
Bechet seemed to hesitate for a moment after the third round, but even though he didn’t, he said, “I think I’m out anyway.”
Blue Jays manager John Schneider called the game “a really tough game for Lewis”.
“I don’t envy his work, as much as some people say they don’t envy me,” said the Blue Jays manager. “Vlady hits hard, Verdugo has the best arm, and everyone knows that. Could Bo have chosen (Rivera) a little earlier? Of course. You want to be aggressive, but at the same time you don’t want to be the last.”
“It’s a good streak because you want to be aggressive against a really good pitcher because it’s hard to get hits,” Schneider continued. “Besides how hard Vlady hits that ball, I think it’s really hard to get the player there. So I think looking at the video – I watched it briefly – I think Lewis puts his hand up and Bo’s ass, Bo’s trying to score, so it’s an exciting game. It’s really It’s nobody’s fault and you wouldn’t say it’s on Bo or on Lois. You see what I mean? Our way.”
Enfilant leurs maillots rouges alternatifs devant une foule de 41 813 personnes at Rogers Center, les Blue Jays ont mené 7-5 avant la neuvième manche apres que le coup ûr de Chapman en huitième manche a permis aux Blue Jays de seprocher sur une course avec to withdraw. They were losing 6-2. The Blue Jays had home plate runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, but were unable to write that off. It seems to be a recurring theme for a club that has struggled to get going consistently – over the past eleven days or so, in particular, but also for what appears to be a good part of the last couple of months.
“We’ve been putting guys out there, it seems, pretty much all the time all year and we’ve had this big hit inconsistently no matter who it is,” Schneider said. “But the fact that the traffic there, again, late in the game, I thought was very encouraging. It’s just that having these batters in the middle of the game, I think that will make a difference for us.”
The Blue Jays are now 0-6 against Boston this year, in stark contrast to the 16-3 record they had against them last year. Toronto will now have to wait until August to try and win a series against its division rivals, though it could prevent a sweep on Sunday with superstar Kevin Gusman on the mound. At this point you may not need to be reminded, but the Blue Jays are 7-19 against the American League East. They have 26 games remaining against the league, all of which take place in August and September following this series.
In response to a question about the club’s morale after the defeat, Schneider jokingly said, “Everyone is crying now. They will not come tomorrow.”
“It’s abominable,” he continued seriously this time. “It’s obviously six games in a row against them. We know it, and they know it. Like we won, but we won a lot (19) against them last year. So it’s baseball. I was proud of the way we fought back. Again, you can put every series in a vacuum.” And, yeah, divisional opponents are a bigger sign this time of year.But proud of how those guys fought against a really good pitcher in the final game.
Five days after returning Alec Manoah 11 on 10 hits in 2 and 3 innings in the Florida Combined League at the junior level, the right-hander will make his next Double-A start as he attempts to advance to promotion in the major league midfield. For an incredible season of struggles.
Manoah will start for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats against the Portland Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, Sunday night. Schneider announced the plan before Saturday’s game. The Blue Jays collectively decided that this was his “next-best step” and hoped to better gauge his progress against more advanced hitters.
“I think it’s just a combination of where he is and the competition we want to see results against,” the Blue Jays coach said. They are probably less aggressive than baiting and hacking. I think it gives him and us a better idea of where everything is. »
After struggling to a 6.36 ERA in 13 starts with the Blue Jays, Manoah was optioned to the FCL on June 6. Manoah started working in the team’s launch lab at the Dunedin Player Development Complex before moving into action games.
His first innings in the FCL didn’t go well in terms of results, but the Blue Jays tried to stay optimistic about Manoah’s exit, focusing on process rather than results. The club is hoping their start in Double A will feel more like a very competitive environment than it did in the FCL and get the adrenaline pumping up a bit.
“I think that’s part of it, too,” Schneider said. “You play under the lights and you have people announcing hits coming up and you have a real bat boy instead of a player running for the bat. Things like that. I think that makes the next best sense for him.”
The Blue Jays have not set a timeline for Manoah’s return to the majors.
(Photo by Connor Wong scoring on Beau Bechet’s home run in the ninth: Nick Torchiaro/USA Today)