Jays Lose Last Spring Game to Rays.

Blue Jays 3 Rays 5

Bring on the regular season. 

The Jays gave most of their regulars 2 at bats today, then let the kids play. 

Pitching:

  • Jo-Jo Reyes: Only went 4 innings, I guess he was scheduled for 85 pitches and he had thrown 82 through the 4 inning. I didn't notice he was throwing so many pitches but then he struck out 6 and walked 3. He gave up just 1hit, an Evan Longoria home run and 2 earned runs. I was impressed with Reyes, he did walk three but then I think he suffered from a strike zone that had both pitchers and hitters wondering. I know people, me included, wondered if Reyes is this year's Dana Eveland. But that is just from us not watching him. Eveland got by with smoke and mirrors, even in his best games. Jo-Jo throws low strikes and pounds the strike zone. He really looked good to me. His spring ERA is 3.52.
  • Wil Ledezma: 1.0, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 k, 1 earned, 1 home run. 9.45.
  • Jon Rauch: 1.0, 1 hit, 1 k. 0.00. No earned runs this spring. I'm taking it for granted that he will be our closer, at least until Francisco is ready to go. He looks impressive on the mound too. By the time he takes his stride and has his arm rull out for the pitch, he can just drop it in the catcher's glove. 
  • Marc Rzepczynski: 0.1, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 1 k. He made the error that cost him the unearned run. 4.30. 
  • Evan Crawford: 1.2, 2 k. 

Our Batters:

  • Rajai Davis: 0 for 1, walk, run. He was the runner on a nice hit and run with Yunel. .333. Nice to see him take a walk.
  • Mike McCoy: 0 for 2, k. .298.
  • Yunel Escobar: 1 for 2, hit and run single. .394. His single was on the hit and run. We didn't hit and run once last year, this spring there wasn't a game I watched that we didn't try at least one hit and run. I'm sure it will calm some in the regular season, but it is fun to watch.
  • Jose Bautista: 2 for 2, RBI. .400. Nice spring, not a lot of home runs but he is hitting the ball hard.
  • Adam Loewen: 0 for 2, k, run. .333. I was impressed by him. Hugo will tell you that I haven't been wanting him on the prospects list, because of his age and relative lack of success in the majors, but that swing looks great. It is hard not to pull for the guy.
  • Adam Lind: 1 for 2, 2 RBI. .367. Very nice spring for Lind, I hope it continues Friday and beyond.
  • Aaron Hill: 0 for 2, k. .478. See above. 
  • John McDonald: 0 for 2. .286. 
  • Juan Rivera: 0 for 2. .390. Nice spring for him and I'm personally pretty happy we won't see him playing the field much.
  • Eric Thames: 0 for 2. .217. Let's remember this next year. He started the spring great and many of us wondered if he deserved a spot on the team, maybe Rivera's spot if they could trade Juan. He ended the spring as cold as could be. 
  • Edwin Encarnacion: 0 for 2. .227. He was really hot when I was down there, but not since. 
  • Brett Lawrie: 1 for 2, .293. Nice spring for him. I think we all liked him. He played a lot when I was down there, I thought he looked good at third but there are things to work on. If things go well I could see him making team in by the All-Star break.
  • Jose Molina: 0 for 3. .250. I'll tell you how good an arm Molina has:  Sean Rodriguez stole on him in the first or second inning. I was surprised he was safe and disappointed in the throw. 
  • J.P. Arencibia: 0 for 4, k. He really hasn't looked good at the plate. I do think he is the kind of guy that will have cold and hot streaks but I would have liked to have seen a hot streak this spring. But then 62 at bats isn't many. I did think he looked good behind the plate. 

Two more sleeps. It feels like Christmas. I'm not sure how many games we will win, but I'm sure we are going to be an exciting team to watch. 

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