KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 23: Rajai Davis #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays is tagged out on a steal attempt by Alcides Escobar #2 of the Kansas City Royals in the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium April 23, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. Toronto won 4-1. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Nice to have an early sweep.
I think we saw the defensive play of the season today. In the 2nd inning, two out and a runner on third, Royal Mich Maier tapped a soft roller towards second. I figured it was one of those lucky hits and it was going to cost us a run, but Kelly Johnson made an amazing flip with his glove and just barely got Maier at first. I can't imagine we'll see a better play this year.
Brandon Morrow had to fight through the game, but he only gave up 1 run in 6.1 innings. Maybe he was lucky he was facing as inept a team as the Royals, but it seemed, that when he needed it, he got the out. He did have a double play turned behind him and a couple of nice plays helping him out. He allowed 7 hits, the only run scoring was a solo homer by Eric Hosmer (a bit of a cheapy). He only had 3 strikeouts. I'm not thrilled with that, I like Morrow because he misses bats, this year, he's not missing as many bats. Maybe he's bought into the 'pitch to contact' stuff, but I hope not. I can't complain too much about his 3.71 ERA, but I'd like to see some strikeouts.
On offense, we had our troubles with Bruce Chen. We only scored 3 runs in 7 innings against someone who couldn't hit 90 on a radar gun in his dreams. Our runs came from a Kelly Johnson solo homer in the first and a 2 run shot from Jose Bautista in the 6th. We got 1 more run in the 9th from a Brett Lawrie triple and a Rajai Davis single to drive him in.
Jays of the Day are Morrow (.293 WPA), Kelly (.167), Bautista (.147) and Perez (.129). Yunel had the suckage number at -.116.