Ryu’s pitching, Grichuk’s hitting spark Jays — Toronto Sun

The crafty, controlled arm of Hyun Jin Ryu and the big bat of Randal Grichuk, the one-two punch would propel the Blue Jays on this night in Baltimore. Read More

Ryu’s pitching, Grichuk’s hitting spark Jays — Toronto Sun

The crafty, controlled arm of Hyun Jin Ryu and the big bat of Randal Grichuk, the one-two punch would propel the Blue Jays on this night in Baltimore.

Toronto wasn’t exactly known for its efficiency of late, more blunder than thunder in how the Blue Jays went about their weekend business back in Buffalo. But it all changed, at least it did Monday, because Ryu came up big by going six strong innings, surrendering one run on four hits while walking zero Baltimore batters.

Ryu’s pitching, Grichuk’s hitting spark Jays

Grichuk’s three-run blast and single accounted for four runs as the Jays beat Baltimore, 7-2.

Cavan Biggio’s two-run blast in the ninth capped the night off in style.

Anthony Bass (back), who wasn’t available Sunday, was back on the mound in the eighth to retire the side in order, an encouraging sign as the Blue Jays move forward.https://www.youtube.com/embed/q4lJqB7Ogo8?embed_config={%27relatedChannels%27:%20[],%27autonav%27:true}&autoplay=0&playsinline=1

Hard to describe the evening as a must-win for the Jays, but the urgency was there following a disappointing and disjointed Sunday when the team lost twice to Tampa and the services of their best player.

Clean hasn’t been the operative word when assessing this team, but to its credit Toronto played good baseball against a pretty good Orioles side.

The Jays entered the night with a 7-11 record, the kind of numbers you want to roll when playing craps. But it’s baseball that is being played and unable to play cleanly has proven costly, especially in late innings. Mental errors have also conspired to deny the team wins.

Rowdy Telez, who was at first against the O’s, didn’t know how many outs there were in Baltimore’s first at-bats. It didn’t cost the Jays anything, but it highlighted the lack of focus and attention to details that has characterized this group.

The Orioles, in contrast, have been among baseball’s surprise stories.

Baltimore’s bats have been hot, but it was apparent early that Ryu would be a tough nut to crack, hitting his spots and showing a strong command of his pitches.

Following the win, the fourth for the Jays in Ryu’s fifth start, the lefty admitted how his velocity wasn’t quite there yet.

Against an aggressive lineup such as Baltimore’s, Ryu knew the goal was to coax as many weak contact as possible.

A total of 11 ground-ball outs would be recorded as Ryu kept Baltimore’s bats off balanced.

He wouldn’t take the bait as to whether Ryu should have stayed in the game following his 86-pitch outing.

The fact is the Jays produced an add-on run in the seventh, which meant Ryu had no business being back on the mound in the wake of the extended inning.

Moving forward, Ryu says he wants to get to 100 pitches.

Manager Charlie Montoyo loved his ace’s performance.

“That was vintage Ryu,’’ said Montoyo. “He’s pitching so well.”

Equally pleasing was how his team played, the approach they took and the execution they showed.

“The key is a good starter and it doesn’t matter what happened the night before,” added the skipper.

Montoyo said how Telez is in concussion protocol after he took a late-inning elbow to the head.

“That’s why we took him out (of the game),’’ said Montoyo. “He’s day to day.”

THE WORD ON BO

Sportsnet’s baseball insider Shi Davidi had the goods on Bo Bichette and his injured knee that placed the stud shortstop/hitter on the 10-game injured list.

According to Davidi, the second opinion on Bo’s knee was diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain of the lateral collateral ligament. It’s considered minor with no long-term impact.

The injury needs time to heal, but how long that involves remains to be seen.

SECOND AND LONG

Without Bichette, who was wielding a hot bat, in the lineup the Jays had to tweak their order.

Montoyo had Grichuk in the No. 2 spot.

His explanation was pretty straight forward and to the point.

“Other than Bo, he’s been my hottest hitter,’’ Montoyo said of Grichuk. “He’s been swinging the bat well.”

During the team’s five-game “home’’ stand in Buffalo, Grichuk went 8 for 19 at the plate.

He carried it over to Monday’s game.

SHORT STROKES

Not only will Bichette’s bat be missed, but also his glove at short.

 Monday’s series opener in Baltimore, the Jays went with Joe Panik at shortstop.

The way Montoyo discussed the team’s plans in the absence of Bichette, a shortstop by committee will be in effect with Panik, who played short in college, Brandon Drury and Santiago Espinal in the mix.

Matchups, obviously, will play a role when Montoyo fills out his lineup.

“He’s going to get more of a chance to get regular at-bats,’’ said Montoyo of Panik.

FOUR THE RECORD

Right-hander Nate Pearson makes his fourth start Tuesday.

In his most recent mound appearance, the kid struggled mightily.

To his credit, Pearson acknowledged how his past two starts were marred by poor command, an issue he tried to address with pitching coach Pete Walker during Pearson’s side sessions.

Video showed how Pearson’s front leg was an issue in his lack of command.

Pearson referred to the placement of his front leg as the source of his troubles.

“It was flying open a little bit,’’ said Pearson. “I’m learning to be more consistent in my delivery.”

Blue Jays 2, Braves 1: Postgame notes

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – Truist Park – Atlanta, Ga.

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Win: Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-1, 5.14)  |  Loss: Sean Newcomb (0-1, 6.57)  |  Save: Anthony Bass (2)

  First Pitch: 7:09 p.m.  |  Game Time Temp.: 84 degrees  |  Time of Game: 3:00 |  Attendance: —

Series Information

Braves vs. Blue Jays: The Blue Jays won tonight to force a rubber game tomorrow…These three games are the only meetings between the teams this season…This is the fourth consecutive year Toronto and Atlanta have played…Despite the loss, the Braves still lead the all-time regular-season series, having won 29 of the 54 games…Toronto has not won a season series with Atlanta since 2009, going 0-5-3 in series play in that time…The Braves took three-of-four games from the Blue Jays last season, including both games in Atlanta.

Toronto Blue Jays (4-5)

Interleague Play: The Blue Jays improved to 3-3 (.500) in Interleague Play this season following tonight’s win…With tonight’s win, they matched their Interleague win total in 20 games last season…Toronto’s 3-17 record against National League opponents in 2019 produced a .150 winning percentage, the third lowest all-time, trailing the 2010 Pirates and 2012 Rockies, who both went 2-13 (.133)…The Blue Jays’ 17 total losses in Interleague play last season were the most by any team in a single season.

Error Free: After committing one error on Opening Day at Tampa Bay, the Blue Jays have now gone eight consecutive games playing error-free defense…This is Toronto’s longest stretch without committing an error since an 11-game run in 2015, from August 6-18…The Blue Jays had two seven-game error-free stretches last season.

Hyun-Jin Ryu: Made his third start as a Blue Jay and allowed just one hit and three walks while striking out a season-high eight hitters…Tonight’s win was the 55th of his career, moving him past Byung-Hyun Kim into sole possession of second place on the MLB wins list for players born in South Korea …Chan Ho Park has the most with 124…The outing was his sixth career start against the Braves, and he moved to 2-2 with a 2.37 ERA (10 ER/38.0 IP) against Atlanta.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr.: Drew a walk but failed to record a hit for just the second time this season in nine games.

RISP: Went a perfect 2-for-2 with runners in scoring position after going just 1-for-10 last night and 10-for-54 (.185) in such situations through eight games…Prior to tonight’s game Toronto’s .185 average with runners in scoring position was third lowest in the majors, ahead of just Philadelphia (.179) and Detroit (.143).

No Home Run: Tonight’s win was the first for Toronto in which it did not homer this season…The Blue Jays had just one extra-base hit, a double from Vlad Guerrero Jr…Toronto had been 0-3 when it did not homer over its first eight games.

Atlanta Braves (8-5)

Sean Newcomb: Made his first career start against Toronto and allowed five hits and two runs over 4.2 innings…He faced them twice in relief previously, both of which came last season…Newcomb has yet to pitch past the fifth inning in three starts this season…Tonight’s game was the 16th career Interleague appearance of his career, and his 6.75 ERA (32 ER/42.2 IP) against the opposing league is the highest among active pitchers (min. 35.0 IP) since Newcomb’s first Interleague start (7/4/17 vs. HOU).

Runs: Tonight’s game was just the second of the season in which Atlanta did not score multiple runs, joining its Opening Day shutout loss to the Mets…The Braves entered the game leading the majors with 69 runs on the year.

Vs. Lefties: Tonight’s loss was the first for Atlanta in which the opposing starter was left-handed…The Braves were 3-0 against lefties entering play and went 23-14 (.622) versus left-handed starters last season.

Josh Tomlin: Tossed 1.1 scoreless frames without allowing a baserunner and fanning two…Entered play with nine strikeouts on the season, tied for most in the National League among relievers, and his 6.2 innings pitched were tied for second most out of the bullpen in the NL…He has yet to allow a run in 8.2 innings pitched (five appearances), and is the only reliever in the NL to pitch at least 6.0 innings and not allow a run.

Adam Duvall: His seventh-inning home run capped a string of seven straight plate appearances in which he reached base, the longest streak of his career…He had previously reached in six straight in August of 2016…Duvall finished the night going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk.

Markakis Debut: Nick Markakis made his season debut and grounded out to first in his only plate appearance…He entered play with 499 career doubles and would be the 64th player in major league history to reach 550 two-base hits, and only the fourth active player in the league.

Aces high: Jays starter Ryu ready to resume preparations for opening day start — Toronto Sun

With a rebuilt rotation anchored by ace Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Blue Jays are armed and ready to have considerably more stability on the mound in 2020 than they did this past season. Read More

Aces high: Jays starter Ryu ready to resume preparations for opening day start — Toronto Sun

Hyun-Jin Ryu a positive presence in Jays clubhouse as he makes spring debut — Toronto Sun

DUNEDIN, Fla. — When Hyun-Jin Ryu strolled to the mound at a frigid TD Ballpark here on Thursday afternoon, his demeanour was similar to what it has often been at most stadiums anywhere during his professional career. Read More

Hyun-Jin Ryu a positive presence in Jays clubhouse as he makes spring debut — Toronto Sun.

The $80-million man and Blue Jays ace-starter-in-waiting may paint all corners of the strike zone with his wide array of pitches, but the calm precision in which he does his work is also a big part of his reputation.

So other than debuting in his Blue Jays uniform with No. 99 on the back and facing American League hitters for the first time, the specifics of his inaugural outing were of minimal concern. Let the record show, then, that Ryu logged two innings, threw 41 pitches and allowed three hits (including one home run) against a modest version of the Minnesota Twins, who made the long bus ride from Fort Myers.

Ryu rules the day in his first official appearance with the Blue Jays — Toronto Sun

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Before he even handled a pitch from new Blue Jays ace starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, catcher Danny Jansen was given a hint of what awaits in the coming months. Read More

Ryu rules the day in his first official appearance with the Blue Jays — Toronto Sun

Whicker: Without a Plan B, Dodgers might rue the day they lost Hyun-Jin Ryu — Press Telegram

Criticized for their reluctance to sign someone else’s players, the Dodgers decided not to sign one of their own. That’ll show ’em. Hyun-Jin Ryu looked like a Dodger-for-life. He was the most famous Korean in a county that, in the 2010 census, had more than 230,000. He also was the best National League pitcher this…

Whicker: Without a Plan B, Dodgers might rue the day they lost Hyun-Jin Ryu — Press Telegram