April 18, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar (5) makes the throw to first to complete the double play as Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) slides during the fifth inning at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE
The less said the better.
Morrow had a bad start. 6 innings, 8 hits, 6 earned, 3 walks, 2 k, 3 home runs. It started with a bouncing single up the middle and then a home run, and went down hill from there.
Luis Perez pitched 2 good innings of relief, then Carlos Villanueva ended any chance there might have been for a come back by loading the bases, walking in a run, giving up a single and a grand slam for a 6 run inning. I didn't like the decision to intentionally walk Ben Zobrist, made after a wild pitch put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Intentionally walking someone isn't my favorite move, but doing it after a 2-2 count, to load the bases, I like that less. I think taking the pitcher's focus off the strike zone is a bad thing.
You aren't going to win many games when you allow 4 home runs.
Jays of the Day is Yunel ( .111 WPA) and Bautista (.101, 1 for 3, 2 walks). Honorable mention to Mathis.
Suckage: Morrow (-.281), Kelly Johnson (0 for 5, hit into a big DP, when we had a chance to make a come back), Adam Lind (0 for 4) and Villanueva (not much for WPA but I figure you give up 6 runs in an inning, you get the award).
The plate umpire, Paul Nauert was terrible. He figured anything high and outside had to be a strike. Not that it was his fault we lost but he didn't help things.