The Jays lost 3-2 against the Rays in game 2 of the series, R.A Dickey got the start for the Jays and gave up one run in the six innings he pitched. The bullpen gave up two one run homeruns to the Rays. Aaron Loup and Ryan Tepera gave up those homeruns and let another good start go to waste as the offense couldn’t pick up the slack. Jose Reyes went 2-4. Edwin Encarnacion, Devon Travis and Kevin Pillar all hit a double. Jose Bautista hit his 18th homerun of the season.
The Jays finish the series tomorrow against the Rays before going on the road again, where they will face the Oakland A’s next.
The Jays opened the unofficial start of the second half of baseball season also known as game 92 against the Rays. The game was scoreless for the first 2 innings before in the top of the 3rd Grady Sizemore hit a solo homerun off of Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison. Hutchison left the game after pitching six innings and giving up two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. In the bottom of the 4th Chris Colabello hit a sacrifice fly to even the score up at one run. In the fifth inning the Jays scored 5 runs against the Rays, with Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak hitting homeruns. Bo Schultz and Robert Osuna pitched the final three innings for the Jays shutting down the Rays for the rest of the game. During the course of the game both Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak hit doubles. Smoak’s line today was 2-4 with 3 Rbi’s. The Jays were 3-6 with Runners in scoring position tonight.
Game 2 against the Rays is tomorrow, R.A. Dickey (3-10) with a 4.87 era is the probable starting pitcher for the Jays against the Rays Erasmo Ramirez.
John Mcdonald announced his retirement today, he was a fan favorite during his 7 years with the Jays. He played 16 seasons overall and ends with a slash line of .233/.273/.323. During his 7 years with the Jays he had a slash line of .243/.278/.340 hitting 17 homeruns in 7 years with the Jays and only 28 overall in his 16 year career.
John was best known for his glove, and was a premier defensive player posting a .974 fielding percentage over his 16 year career.
Happy retirement John.
The Jays opened the season at home with a 3 game series against the Yankees. Before the first game Roy Halladay came out to throw out the first pitch and once again thank the city of Toronto.
The Jays lost the home opener 7-4. Dustin McGowan got the loss, Melky Cabrera homered. Here are some photos from the first game :
In the Second game R.A Dickey showed us his best stuff pitching 6.2 innings and giving up 5 hits and 1 walk. Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista homered. Adam Lind went 1-3 with a double. Here are some pictures from that game :
The Jays then proceeded to lose the rubber game 6-4.
The Jays lost 7-3 to the Yankees in the Jays home opener. Dustin McGowan got the loss (0-1). Full post with pictures and full game review as well as Saturdays game review tomorrow. Just a little clip from the game for now to keep you interested.
The Jays ended up splitting the series with the Rays 2-2, after losing the 4th game 7-2. Brandon Morrow started for the Jays and used 76 pitches to get through the first four innings. He gave up four runs on seven hits. Esmil Rogers then pitched and he gave up another three runs in his 1.2 innings of work. The last pitcher for the Jays was Jeremy Jeffress who allowed two hits and two walks in his 1.1 innings of work, however he gave up no runs. Melky Cabrera went 1-4. Colby Rasmus went 0-4 with three strikeouts. Jose Bautista went 0-2 with two walks and a run scored. Edwin Encarnacion went 0-3 with a walk. Adam Lind went 1-4 with a double and two strikeouts. Dioner Navarro went 0-3 with a sac fly RBI (2). Brett Lawrie went 1`-4 with an RBI (1). Maicer Izturis went 2-3. Ryan Goins went 0-3.
Up Next –
The Jays play the Yankees at the Rogers Center for their home opener. In the home opener it will be Dustin McGowan vs. Masahiro Tanaka who is making his MLB debut, after being one of the best pitchers in the Japanese leagues.
The Jays started the season in Tampa Bay playing against the Rays, at the Trop where they have not won a series at since 2007. R.A Dickey’s knuckler was not working well on opening day and the Jays lost 9-2. In the second game Drew Hutchison pitched well, throwing 5.1 innings giving up three hits and three walks while striking out one. Sergio Santos got the save (1). Adam Lind went 2-3 with a homerun (1) and three RBI’s (3). Melky Cabrera went 2-5. Colby Rasmus went 1-4 with two strikeouts and a double. In Game three of the four game series, Mark Buehrle showed us that he still has his stuff throwing 8.2 innings and giving up four hits while striking out 11 batters. John Gibbons went to the bullpen and brought in Santos who did not record the out against Evan Longoria, then to continue playing the matchups Brett Cecil was brought in and he recorded the save (1). Jose Bautista powered the Jays to the win going 2-3 with two homeruns (2) and two RBI’s (2).
The Jays play game 4 of the opening series of the season today with Brandon Morrow on the mound for the Jays.