Blue Jays Takeaways: Rain dampens Joe Biagini after solid start

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Joe Biagini delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. (Winslow Townson/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays wrapped up their road trip by getting dominated by Doug Fister, falling to the Boston Red Sox in their only loss that didn’t go to extra innings on a 3-4 road trip.

Here are some things that stood out to me about the game:

DON’T GET HIM WET – Coming off a sensational seven innings in Baltimore, Joe Biagini worked in and out of trouble over the first three innings Wednesday night, holding the Red Sox to just one run.

Handed a one-run lead before throwing his first pitch, the big righty gave up a leadoff single to Eduardo Nunez in the bottom of the first. Nunez stole second, tagged and went to third on a nice sliding catch by Teoscar Hernandez on Dustin Pedroia, and scored on a ground out to second by Andrew Benintendi.

Biagini then gave up a single to Mookie Betts, and the speedy Boston right-fielder stole second, but was stranded there as Mitch Moreland grounded out.

After a perfect second inning, highlighted by a nice leaping catch by Michael Saunders up against the Green Monster, Biagini allowed a one-out single and walk in the third. He struck out Benintendi and got Betts to ground out to hang up a zero, maintaining the tie.

In the fourth inning, a heavy mist moved in over Fenway Park and began steadily moistening the proceedings. In the mist, Biagini hit a wall.

He walked Moreland to lead the inning off, then Xander Bogaerts lined an RBI triple into the right-field corner to put the Sox on top. Rafael Devers followed with a line single to left to double the lead.

With Biagini holding his bare right hand between his legs in an attempt to keep it dry, he got Sandy Leon to ground into a fielder’s choice at second base, but then Jackie Bradley Jr. took him deep. A walk to Nunez followed and the big righty was done for the night, having allowed five runs on six hits in just 3.2 innings.

THE OLD 7-2-5 – As the mist turned to a steady rain, the game continued, and the Red Sox loaded the bases with one out in the sixth against rookie righty Carlos Ramirez.

Benintendi hit a high fly ball to shallow left field, and Saunders came charging in. The Blue Jays left-fielder reached down and had the ball go in and out of his glove.

Since the bases were loaded and there were less than two out, none of the runners could take off until they saw Saunders drop the ball, so Saunders was able to recover and throw home to force the runner coming in from third. Miguel Montero stepped on the plate, then took a look around the infield before determining his best shot at a second out was at third, so he fired to Darwin Barney to complete the left field-to-catcher-to-third base double play.

TWO MORE FOR YOUNG CARLOS – Carlos Ramirez continued his magical 2017, throwing two shutout innings for the third time in three appearances since his September call-up to the big leagues.

Ramirez has allowed just one hit over his six innings as a major-leaguer, though he did issue his first walk and plunk a batter for the first time in the rain on Wednesday night.

Ramirez came on in relief of Tim Mayza with two on and one out in the sixth and popped up Eduardo Nunez on his first pitch. He then hit pinch-hitter Chris Young to load the bases and watched as Benintendi’s fly to shallow left turned into the 7-2-5 double play.

Ramirez came out for the seventh, issued a leadoff walk to Betts, then got Mitch Moreland on a fly ball to centre, struck out Bogarts and popped up Rafael Devers to end his day.

Not only has Ramirez not been scored upon in the major leagues, he didn’t give up an earned run in the minors this season, either. He’s pitched 43.2 innings in the pros this year and sports an ERA of 0.00.

JUST ONE CHANCE – The Blue Jays only really had one chance to put up some runs against Fister, and they managed only one.

In the first inning, where he’d had an ERA of 7.20, the Blue Jays had runners at second and third with one out thanks to an Ezequiel Carrera single and Justin Smoak double around a strikeout of Teoscar Hernandez. Kendrys Morales, who hit five home runs on this 3-4 road trip, had a chance to do some damage but he, too, struck out.

That left it up to Saunders, who walked to load the bases for Montero, who walked as well to force in Carrera with the game’s first run. Darwin Barney was next, and he couldn’t repeat the magic from his three-hit Tuesday night, grounding out to short to end the inning.

The Blue Jays would only get two more runners past first base the rest of the game.

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