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.
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.
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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.
The Jays lost to the Twins 12-2. J.A. Happ started for the Jays and was only able to get one out before he was pulled. Happ’s ERA this spring is 40.50 now. Edwin Encarnacion hit a 2 run homer for the Jays only runs.
Here’s a look at the homerun :
The Jays lost 8-2 to the Yankees. Todd Redmond who pitched two innings got tagged with the loss after giving up three runs on three hits and two walks. Jose Reyes went 1-3 with a double. Edwin Encarnacion, Melky Cabrera, and Adam Lind also hit doubles. Lind the DH today also struck out twice. Encarnacion also struck out twice. Jose Bautista hit his second home run of Spring Training.
Esmil Rogers started for the Jays and pitched two innings giving up one run on three hits. Then Redmond pitched his two innings, after that it was Jeremy Jeffress turn and he pitched 0.2 innings and walked two. John Stilson pitched the rest of the frame and finished it by striking out the only batter he faced. Brett Cecil pitched next and walked two but recorded three strikeouts in his inning of work. Aaron Loup pitched the 7th and gave up one run on two hits. Neil Wagner pitched the 8th and gave up three runs on three hits and then struck out three. Chad Jenkins pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts.
Here’s Bautista’s second homerun of the spring :
The Jays defeated the Pirates 4-2. The Jays had strong pitching on their side with Mark Buehrle starting and throwing his two innings giving up two hits, one walk and one run, while striking out one. Brandon Morrow pitched his two innings next, giving up one run as well on two hits. Steve Delabar then pitched his inning going 1-2-3 with a strikeout, he got the win. Chad Jenkins pitched a perfect next inning. Sean Nolin pitched the 7th inning and he walked one and gave up one hit. Aaron Sanchez then pitched the 8th giving up one hit and two walks but escaping the inning unscored on. Liam Hendricks, the Jays new acquisition came on to pitch the 9th gave up one walk and got the save.
Anthony Gose lead off for the Jays and went 0-2 with a walk. Munenori Kawasaki batted second and went 2-2 with a walk and a run scored as well as a stolen base. Colby Rasmus was in the 3 hole today and he went 1-3 with two RBI’s. Adam Lind went 0-4. Dioner Navarro went 1-3 with an RBI on a double. Moises Sierra went 1-3. Dan Johnson, the DH today, went 0-2. Maicer Izturis went 0-2. Ryan Goins went 0-2 as well.
Here’s a look at Navarro’s RBI double :
Moises Sierra also played some great defense today :
The Jays won their spring training home opener 7-5 over the Phillies, backed by strong hitting by Jose Bautista 2-2 with a walk and two doubles, Brett Lawrie who went 2-3 with a double, Moises Sierra who went 1-4 with a double and 2 runs scored, and Melky Cabrera who went 1-3 with a double and two RBI’s. Jose Reyes went 1-3 with an RBI. Edwin Encarnacion went 1-3 with two strikeouts. Maicer Izturis went 1-2 with a run scored. In Eric Kratz first game as a Jay he went 0-3 with one passed ball.
Starting the Game for the Jays today was R.A. Dickey and he pitched his two inning in preparation for opening day giving up two hits and two walks and one unearned run while striking out two. After Dickey, Esmil Rogers came on to pitch giving up two runs in his inning of work. Dustin McGowan then pitched a perfect inning. McGowan’s perfect inning was followed by Aaron Loup giving up one run in his inning of work. Jeremy Jeffress then pitched one inning giving up one hit and a walk but no runs. Rob Rasmussen then got his first work as a Jay and pitched a good inning giving up one hit. Marcus Walden finished the game out for the Jays getting a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts.
Here’s a look at Melky Cabrera’s two RBI double.