Monday, August 11, 2014

In-Game Report: Jays at Mariners - Gm 1, Aug 11, 2014 - top of the 1st Inning

After last night's 19 inning spectacle - and after the first 2 outs at the beginning of tonight's game, could the Blue Jays be thinking,

'We're so tired that all we can do is just hit the ball as far as the pitcher?'

The Fly Out to medium-deep Centre Field was a great relief.


M Kawasaki SS

M Cabrera DH

J Bautista RF



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Jays at Mariners - Gm 1, Aug 11, 2014 - top of the 1st Inning

Image is a screen shot captured at 10:11pm edt - of ESPN Box Score - Jays at Mariners Aug 11, 2014 -


Jays win in 19 Innings, Take series; Kick stuffing out of Detriot pitching - and Theirs

The 19 inning affair, lasting six hours and 37 minutes was the longest game in Blue Jays history, both in terms of duration and the number of innings.

But the longest game in Blue Jays history was not a boring affair.

The Detroit's had runners at 1st and 3rd in the 13th and the 16th; had runners at 1st and 2nd in the 12th, 14th and the 18th. The Jays had the bases loaded in the 13th, the 15th, and the 19th; they had runners at 2nd and 3rd twice. The Jays' had the winning run 90 feet away holding last at-bats 5 times in extra innings!

My earlier synopsis here that the Jays were a Second Division team outside of the American League East, was proved wrong this weekend. The Toronto Blue Jays played the first division Detroit Tigers tit-for-tat - in a just-like-September run for the Pennant --- which IS what this already is.

The American League west-coast to east-coast is so close that it is not obsequious to state that the Pennant race has already begun. The local media fetish for the Wild Card standings is not vain or provincial - it is real.

Even considering - that the game turned on a line drive base hit by Velencia to David Price's groin in the 5th (which he blocked with his knee cap) after which a 2-run home run by Dioner Navarro - that lead to his removal in the next inning - that then lead to a 2-run inning in the 7th to make it a 1-run game, that lead to the tie game in the 9th.

It was after all that - Detroit's 6-man bullpen was the deciding factor after both teams shut each other out for a further 9 innings. Finally in the 19th it ended, with a walk and an error and a hit - to decide the series.


ESPN Box Score:

MLB Box Score:


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Is the Blue Jays Pitching Good Enough to get them to the Post Season?

Baltimore Orioles (64-48) at Toronto Blue Jays (60-54)
August 6, 2014

Toronto Blue Jays
Pitchers               IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   HR   PC-ST    ERA
D Hutchison (W, 8-9)   8.2  1   1   1    1    8    1    115-76   4.39
C Janssen              0.1  0   0   0    0    0    0    4-3      2.83

This is what I wrote in real time:

Hutchison: off-speed, slider, and a change wild enough to set up the other 2.
Great game calling; execution.

Kawasaki is the player of the game; for both situational hitting and defense.

ESPN Box Score -


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Jays are a 1st Division team in AL East - 2nd Division in AL West

The Houston Series - and the previous two series against the AL West teams, the Athletics and the Angels - has made something apparent: The Jays are a 2nd Division team in the American League - a 1st Division team in the American League East.

Once again tonight the Jays played head-to-head against a .404 team.

Immaculate baseball once again in this scintillating game - with the 4th place AL west team trumping this night with their late homer to win a one run game in late innings.

The Jays must win tomorrow night to take the series - and differentiate themselves from this second division AL West team.

Due to computer problems (which I am attacking from 4 different vectors) I am unable to score with the HTML5 scorecard - so tonight I scored the game in analogue. I apologize for the incredibly unreadable script and the incredibly amateur scoring craftsmanship; this is the first analog scorecard I have written in 20 years.

But all the same - an intriguing odyssey - analog is as important to our understanding of the IofT+Humans as anything - therefore I accept the challenge that this problem/opportunity has placed before me. I imagine a writing interface as thin as a piece of paper; one that can search the internet, hear the spoken word, and feel the tip of a pencil.

Jays Innings:

Astros Innings:

ESPN Box Score - Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros, Game 2 of 3 - evening of Friday, August 1, 2014 -