Excellent pitching leads to a much-needed win in Boston

After a horrendous slog on Friday night, Saturday’s game felt like a must-win for the struggling Blue Jays. It’s troubling that the bats haven’t been able to come around yet, but the pitching came through with a dominant performance to put the team at 5-7 at the quarter mark of the season.

Things worth mentioning…

Chase Anderson finally made his Blue Jays debut after missing the start of the season due to an injury suffered in Summer Camp. It was difficult to say coming off an injury in a short season whether Anderson would fit best in the team’s rotation or the bullpen, but, on Saturday, he looked like a perfectly solid back-of-the-rotation option. Anderson didn’t over match anyone, but he pitched effectively and limited hard contact over three innings of one-run ball. It’ll be interesting to see how he does as he gets stretched out and pitches longer outings.
The big story tonight wasn’t Anderson, though, it was Anthony Kay, who put up a dominant showing as the piggyback long-reliever. Kay went three-and-a-third without allowing a run, scattering just two hits while also working …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Listen to That’s A Rap #20: Post-Game 2 vs. Sixers Reaction

What started as an offensive slog, turned into the Jimmy-Kawhi show. Listen as the boys pick apart Game 2 of Raptors-Sixers. For the first time since mid-March, the Raptors did not lose to a 3-pointer in the final five seconds. Although, their Game 2 loss to the 76ers was heart-breaking all the same.
So, the Raptors got out to a slow start. They trailed by double-digits at halftime. The starters led a third quarter comeback. Kawhi Leonard hit a slew of clutch buckets. Kawhi found a teammate for an open three in the dying seconds. Does any of this sound familiar?
Let’s hope the Raptors recover in Philadelphia the same way they recovered from the Game 1 loss to Orlando. Check out the latest episode as we dissect Game 2, with an eye toward Thursday’s momentum-swinging game.

On The Latest Episode:
Toronto got another outstanding performance from Kawhi Leonard (35/7/6) and Pascal Siakam (21/7/3 + 4 steals), along with inspiring play from Kyle Lowry (20/5/5 + excellent D). Unfortunately, that’s where the positive numbers end.
The bench was outscored (again). How bad has it gotten? Greg Monroe – yes, that one – scored twice as many points (10) as the entire Raptors bench (5). The Sixers were the aggressors …

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Author: JayRosales / Raptors HQ