In all three of the innings in which the Jays scored against Syndergaard, they stole at least one base off Syndergaard and Cam Maron. Maron has thrown out 24% of opposing base stealers this year (12 of 50), which is a major improvement over last year’s 12.5% (10 of 80). Anyway, this was Thor’s shortest outing and most runs he has allowed in over a month, since he gave up seven runs in three innings against Fort Myers on April 18. What me worried? Not at all. Fun fact, after walking 10 batters in 25 innings in April, he’s walked just five in 25.1 innings in May.
This game, in which the teams combined on six runs, 25 men left on base, and 5-for-29 (.172) with runners in scoring position took three hours and nine minutes.
RHP Rainy Lara did not have his good location and was punished a little for it: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. As usual, he threw his slider A LOT. The Gnats made his life more difficult by committing three errors behind him, allowed a run to score and helping pushing his pitch up.
DH Kevin Plawecki, who had the night off from catching was 3-for-5 with a pair of clean singles to center and a bloop off the end of his bat into shallow right that scored a run in the ninth. Plawecki, at .364/.445/.597 is now leading the SAL in average and OBP and doubles (19).
One other night deserves note: SS Philip Evans. With the bases loaded and two outs in the second, with the Gnats down 1-0, he bounced out to first to end the inning. With the Gnats down 2-0 in the fourth, and runners at second and third, he popped out on a que shot foul to first. Frustrated, he smashed his bat over his knee. Evans doubled and scored in the ninth to finish 1-for-4. His frustration is understandable, he’s carrying a season line of .185/.273/.247 in his first 43 games. Evans also committed his 14th error of the year on a routine ground ball to the left of the second base bag.