April 7th, 2021
For three straight games the Toronto Blue Jays were hosted by the Texas Rangers. Game 1 was another fast start for Toronto, chasing Rangers pitcher Mike Foltynewicz by the 4th in 95 pitches. By that point the Jays were up 4-1. During which time Cavan Biggio hit his first homer of the season.
The Rangers will be selling tickets for every game this season without limitation. Select sections are designated as socially distanced. Still, some 38,000 tickets were sold for game one. The Texas Rangers are the first team in US/Canada sports to host as many guests since COVID protocol began
Once the Blue Jays had taken control I read a book through the rest of the game. The final score was 6-2 for Toronto.
Game two of the series turned out to be a redemption match of sorts for the Rangers who came out of the third inning with a 5-1 lead. Bo Bichette hit his first two home runs of the season, the lone highlight of a 7-4 Blue Jay loss.
Jermain Franklin of TSN said the full stadium in Texas was neat to see while being “almost as frightening as any scary movie” considering the high rate of COVID infections and the low rate of vaccinations. There were noticeably less people at the second and third games. Still, thousands found their way to their seats , violating COVID protocol in any state or province other than Texas.
Bo Bichette seems to have stolen the heart of fans and commentators alike by setting all sorts of records for a Blue Jay in only his first 100 games. In his third season Bichette has begun showing exactly what he brings to this team in the short and long term. Come season end, Bichette will be looking for a fresh contract, one the Blue Jay brass will be happy to draw up
A second inning solo homerun gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead. In the same inning a soft hit off a broken bat brought a runner home from second, extending the Rangers lead to 2-0.
In the top of the 5th the Blue Jays had bases loaded for Cavan Biggio. With one out Biggio hit straight up the middle for an inning ending double play. Through 6 games the Jays have had three basses loaded situations, none of which they have been able to capitalize on.
Hyuan-Jin Ryu started on the mound for the Blue Jays, his second start of the season. He played strong through 7 innings, striking out 7 in 90 pitches.
Cut to the 8th inning…
Marcus Semien, the first Blue Jay batter of the inning, hit his 3rd homerun of the season cutting the Ranger lead in half. With that the Blue Jays have now hit a homerun in each of the first six games this season.
Two batters later Vladimir Guerrero Jr. came up with one man on with two out. He watched the first three pitches go by. The count was 3-0 when Vladdy swung at a high pitch he sent straight up. His frustration was obvious though he restrained himself from smashing his bat into the ground at homeplate. The ball was caught, the inning was over. The score remained 2-1 for Texas
Joe Panik got himself on base in the ninth but he would be left stranded. The rangers won it on a walk-off but this game could have gone either way. What the Blue Jays showed in this series is they have two sides to them; one of young energy and hitting power and one of a team that has some fine-tuning left to do. There’s promise in this season and the best has yet to be seen. The Blue Jays will next take on the LA Angels.