The Toronto Blues ended a three-game losing streak on Saturday after Hyun Jin Ryu went seven innings without any runs, and Randal Grichuk hit a two run homer to give the Blues a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
After losing to the Tigers on the first of three games, Hyun Jin Ryu is hoping the improved pitching with be a sign of better times for the Toronto Blue Jays. Ryu pitched a near flawless seven innings allowing only five hits, one walk and striking out five batters. The win put Ryu in a three way tie in the American League with Oakland’s Chris Basset and New York Yankees Gerrit Cole.
The Detroit Tigers, who are 59-66 for the season, won the opening game of the triple header against the Jays on Friday and followed that up with a 4-1 win on Saturday. The Toronto Blue Jays, who are 64-57, cannot afford to keep losing if they hope to earn a spot in the American League wildcard rave.
After losing two of the three against Seattle, the Jays went on to lose two back-to-back games against Washington. When asked about whether he feels the Jays made a turnaround, shortstop Marcus Semien said he hopes so.
“I hope so, you never can get too high or too low. It’s hard for me to get super happy after a win and sad after a loss. To me, it’s not a healthy way to go about things.”
Semien put in a solid performance on Saturday’s game and earned his thirtieth homer of the season in the eighth inning. The solo homer was the second time Semien passed the thirty homer milestone putting the former White Sox in second with the Jays for the most homers of the season.
Randal Grichuk also had a strong performance of Saturday, scoring a two run homer to earn his 21st of the season. The home was Grichuk’s second in the last twenty-three games putting Toronto ahead by two. Whether it was a result of the chat Jay’s manager, Charlie Montoyo, has with the outfielder before the game is anyone’s guess, but the result was a positive morale boost.
“He’s usually a slow starter. This year has been the reverse. I told him there was still plenty of time to finish the season strong.”
Another morale booster was Ryu’s strong start after struggling in the last two games. Ryu was on top of his game on both sides of the plate and put Detroit on the offensive, which they seemed unable to sort out.
Miguel Cabera, who is one homer shy of 500, continued to struggle and earn his 500th. After hitting his 499th on the 11th of August, he has gone eight games without a home run as he attempts to make history and becomes the 28th to join the 500 homer club in the MBA.
While he managed to earn a walk in the seventh, he was zero for eight in the three game series against Toronto. Detroit’s Wily Peralta pitched for six innings and gave up a walk and six hits. Despite the Blue Jays struggles, the have scored ten victories in their last thirteen games after returning home on the 30th.
Due to the pandemic, the Jays hadn’t played at home field in 22 months but are now scheduled to play a four game series at the Rogers Centre against the White Sox. Following their series against the White Sox’s, the Jays will head to Detroit to face the Tigers on the 27th for the three game series.