Footage from Deep Left Field in 4–1 Blue JES loss on Tuesday in Oakland:
Cole Irwin played the game of his life on Tuesday night, tying the Blue Jays hitters in a knot in eight major innings of three hit balls in his ninth big league start. Irwin set career highs in innings (eight), pitches (102) and strikeouts (nine). He picked Bo Bechet, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurril Jr. twice.
The left-hander was not completely oblivious to Jaish – he faced more than once in spring training during his five years in the Phillies organization – but it was Irwin’s first big league against him and he was outstanding .
Irvine, working his change beautifully, received five swings-and-misses out of 29 deliveries that sat at seven or eight mph slower than his fastball, averaging just 91. , Due to which many heads were shaken on the way. Dugout by several Jay hitters.
Southeastern did tremendous work to avoid tough contact against the team blistering the ball. Only twice did the Jayes hit Irwin’s Prasad at 100 mph with the bat – a Tejas Hernandez line-out at center in the fifth inning and Marcus Semin’s RBI double in the sixth.
- Jay killers: The Oakland lineup featured a few veterans who have spent a lot of time on the Jaish over the years.
Mitch Morland, who did most of his losses with the Red Sox and Rangers, was up to his old tricks. He took Anthony Kay another way to end Oakland’s four-run second inning, his 17th career run against the homies. The left-handed slugger has scored more home runs against just one other team – Oakland, the team he is currently suing for.
Morland defined a major trend with his Homer Cay. It was a leftie against his 24th career round-tripper, while 156 against right-handers. His career OPS was 120 points less than left-handed players in the game.
After delivering three hits in the series opener on Monday night, Morland hit their long ball to the second ball, after Morland hit their long ball. It was impressive to see him bat at the age of 37, after knee injuries limited him to eight plates in the last two years. But Jace is the treatment to harm Lori, who has given 34 runs in 59 careers.
- Four-batter blip: Kay made his first appearance in three weeks, hoping to give JJ a better option from guys like TJ Zuch, Tommy Milone and the later late Tanner Roark. He kept that promise, but for one run of four batters in the bottom of the second.
The problem is that the four batsmen runs gave the A more than enough to win.
Sean Murphy started it by hitting a slow roller to the right – Cavan Bigigo was moved into the middle of the diamond and didn’t have a chance on what would normally be a root grounder for another – and Matt Chapman scored one. Followed up with a hard line single in the middle.
Both runners scored Laurie on a double, and Morland followed with a two-run homer.
It’s loading…It’s loading…It’s loading…It’s loading…It’s loading…
Of those four batters, Kaye did not allow one hit in his four innings, walking two and hitting another, while striking out four.
Obviously, you can’t throw just four hitters, seeing the pitcher’s outing, but it’s worthwhile that Kai was so tough outside of that little blip. If he learns to do a better job of resuming things when they start going sideways – and has more than 43 big-league innings under his belt – he’s a viable back end of the rotation. May wind up being the alternative.
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