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Series 27: Red Sox @ Blue Jays ( Fri., Sat., Sun. June 30 to July 2, 2017)

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[u Place:[/u]           Rogers Centre     Toronto, ON

Fri. June 30
Starting Pitchers:          Marco Estrada RH (Jays)       4-6  4.89 ERA
                                    Doug Fisher RH   (Red Sox)  1-0  4.60 ERA
Time:                            7PM
TV/Radio:                      Sportsnet,  The FAN 590

Sat. July 1     "Happy 150th  Birthday,  Canada"!

Starting Pitchers:           Francisco Liriano LH  (Jays)       4-3 3.46 ERA
                                     Chris Sale          LH (Red Sox)  10-3 2.77 ERA
Time:                             1PM
TV/Radio:                       Sportsnet,  The FAN 590

Sun. July 2:
Starting Pitchers:            Joe Biagini RH     (Jays)       2-7  4.50 ERA
                                     Drew Pomeranz  (Red Sox)  7-3  3.81 ERA
Time:                             1PM
TV/Radio:                       Sportsnet,  The FAN 590

Source:   MLB.com,  theStar.com 


Red Sox  7   Blue Jays  4

Seems like miseries have become a part of the Blue Jays lexicon this season.  Look no further than Jays starter Marco Estrada, who, hopefully, has put his awful pitching starts behind him.  At least, July can be seen as a 'fresh' start all over again.  But, for now, Estrada ends the month of June in the first of this three-game series versus the Red Sox, with having allowed two runs in five innings, walking a career high seven batters, and a generally miserable feeling.

With Justin Smoak's three-run homer that gave the Jays the lead in the first inning, the Red Sox came right back within one in the fifth and then overtook the Jays in the sixth inning with the lead.  Toronto's Troy Tulowitzki's solo homer tied it up in the (bottom of) sixth inning.

All was fine....until the 11th inning.  One can say that the Jays relievers were worse than Estrada on the night.  At least, even with all of the walks given, one could say that Marco tried hard to keep the opposition in tow.
Not so Aaron Loup et al.  Boston scored in the top of the eleventh to run away with the win.  For the facts crowd, note that after Loup allowed the go-ahead run, the Jays brought in Glenn Starkman and it was two more runs scored.

Will the pitchers and particularly the relievers ever get it right.  Ezequiel Carrera's botched infield play in the sixth inning contributed to the Red Sox getting the go-ahead run that made it 4-3, before Tulo's solo heroics.  Add to that the incredibly sloppy relieving in the 11th and you've got a recipe for disaster.

Certainly Blue Jays, you can do better than this especially playing the A.L.'s top team.  (*eye roll*)



Speakibg of Smoak's three-run homer in Friday's game...



Red Sox  7   Blue Jays 1

Canada Day, eh?  Amid the pre-game celebrations, it certainly wasn't a day worth remembering for the Blue Jays batters.  Boston starter Chris Sale made short work of nearly every Blue Jay at the plate, proving why he is among the best in the major leagues.

On the  other side of the fence, Jays starter  Francisco Liriano lasted six innibgs allowed five runs, blah, blah, and blah.  For the Jays' pitchers, there have been too many times this season when it's the same old story.


Of course, the real story of this day was the Red Sox themselves.  As in, why Boston was wearing the Stars & Stripes on Canada's big day, not lost on social media:





The whole game was ugly but the 7th inning was a whole different level of ugly.


Quote from: hockeyfan1 on July 02, 2017, 01:47:47 AM
Of course, the real story of this day was the Red Sox themselves.  As in, why Boston was wearing the Stars & Stripes on Canada's big day, not lost on social media:

All American teams wear their 4th of July uniforms this weekend. This is the sort of whiny, inferiority complex riddled whining that makes Canada look terrible.
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