Berrios masterful in return home as Blue Jays pick up much needed win
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Final Score: 4-3
TORONTO–It would be a safe assumption to make that most Blue Jays fans haven’t been enjoying things too much as of late.
And it doesn’t exactly take a rocket scientist to figure out why.
Following a tough sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners for their west-coast homecoming over the weekend, the Blue Jays have officially gone 1-10 over their last 11. During that stretch they have stranded a whopping 69 runners on base and sit just 2.5 games in front of a surging Orioles (I know, who would’ve thought) team that has just won eight straight.
So since we’re continuing with all of our assumptions, it’s also a pretty safe bet to think that the Blue Jays clubhouse was desperately itching for a win on Tuesday night in game one of two against the Phillies.
One of the biggest non-factors right now besides well, a complete lack of clutch offence, has been a pitching staff that is beat up and worn down from the significant over-taxation. So with Jose Berrios on the bump Tuesday night, Toronto was holding out for a big showing from him, and boy did he deliver.
Berrios was masterful through six innings allowing three runs on six hits while matching a career high set earlier this year against the Twins for 13 punchouts. The performance had him in line for the win if all the Blue Jays could do was eek one out late.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was brilliant at the plate during the contest going 4-for-4 which included the go-ahead RBI ground rule double that would prove good enough as the winner. Toronto was able to hold off the Phillies late for the 4-3 win.
But the win highlighted some mistakes that the team is still making that will need to be weaned out as the season approaches the All-star break. In the top of the fourth, Matt Vierling struck out swinging on a pitch that ended up in the dirt. The newly returned Danny Jansen scooped up the ball and tossed it down to Vladimir Guerreor Jr. for what should have been the final out of the inning as Berrios and the rest of the defence started to walk off. But the play was called safe with the umpire motioning Vladdy had stepped off the bag.
Vladdy motioned to the dugout what appeared to be pleas to not challenge the play, but Montoyo opted for the review anyways with the call standing, and Toronto losing a challenge. It was a lost challenge that would prove costly when Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins made a catch in foul territory the following inning with replay showing the ball hit the net first.
After the game Vladdy said “I felt like I didn’t touch the bag. I tried to signal the dugout, but I guess they knew something else. Of course they have video cameras and I was close to the bag. Probably they didn’t see me.”
It was a mistake that obviously wouldn’t be too costly as the win has the Jays now at 46-42 sat third in the AL East just one game back from the Boston Red Sox.