The Blue Jays took three out of five in this past week’s marathon of a series, but we saw something very uncommon over the weekend: Low scoring games. Thursday’s game was tied 2-2 after nine and needed extra innings before the Blue Jays broke out, scoring four in the tenth and in the process giving Phillips Valdez his first stumbling block of the season. The Blue Jays then took the second of the five games, which was also the first of a double header on Friday. Toronto came out on top 8-7 in an exciting offensive game that saw both teams score three runs in the final frame. Even in a shortened seven-inning game, the Red Sox offense can put up runs with the best in the league. As usual it was the pitching that let them down with starter Zack Godley giving up four runs in three innings. In the nightcap of the double header the Red Sox won 3-2 as the visiting team in Fenway for the make up game from a week prior.
Moving on to Saturday, the Red Sox walked it off, winning 9-8 on the strength of a 3-5 day at the plate and some lucky base running from Christian Vazquez. Finally, the series finale was a slog to say the least, coming close to the record for the longest nine-inning game in MLB history (it was about 15 minutes shy, with the leader being a Red Sox-Yankees game from 2006) as the Blue Jays took the rubber match and series 3-2 by a score of 10-8. The Blue Jays blew this open in the fifth when they tagged Matt Hall for six runs. The Red Sox were able to claw some back late putting up a three spot in the eighth, but at that point the damage was done.
Up next for the Red Sox is a two-game series int he form of a doubleheader and then a day off before a four-game set with Tampa. Subscribe to the Over The Monster Podcast Network where ever you get your podcasts so you never miss an episode!