Apr 8, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Joel Carreno (34) delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Forgot to say: Happy Easter everyone. We are having a nice ham supper with family over.
And, also forgot to mention: I've put a widget up on the left sidebar with the overflow threads from the past three games. This gets them off the front page, but people can still look through them if they like. As we add Overflows from new games, we'll delete the last games from the widget, so it will always be the last three games.
Down a run, bases loaded, Jose Bautista up, couldn't ask for much more than that. Could have asked for more than a pop up, I suppose. Another close game, unfortunately we came out on the losing side.
Joel Carreno did ok, he wasn't great but wasn't terrible. Two pitches to Carlos Santana cost him, one that Carlos hit a mile out to center field and the other he pulled over the right field wall. That how 3 of the 4 runs scored against him. In total Joel pitched 6 innings, 6, hits, 4 earned, 4 walks, 3 k, 9 ground outs, 1 fly out, though 2 flies left the park. Carlos Villanueva and Jason Frasor each pitched a scoreless inning.
On offense, we had trouble with Derek Lowe's sinker. He went 7 innings, only allowing 5 hits,and 2 unearned runs. We had 9 hits total, 2 each for Kelly Johnson, Adam Lind and Eric Thames (his first hits of the season). Johnson also worked a great walk in the 9th to load the bases for Jose. Edwin Encarnacion and Jeff Mathis had a double each. Bautista had a single and a walk, to go with the popup when we really could have used a hit. 0 fors for Yunel Escobar (0 for 5, 2 strikeouts, really a tough game for Yunel), Brett Lawrie (0 for 3) and Colby Rasmus (0 for 4).
The Indians tried to give us the game, we scored 2 runs in the 4th because of a Jack Hannahan throwing error and had a couple of extra outs, in the 9th, because of an error by Asdrubal Cabrera on what looked like an easy DP ball off Ben Francisco's bat.
Jays of the Day are Thames (.200 WPA), Lind (.192, big double in the 8th to make it a 1 run game) and Johnson (.119, getting on base 3 times in front of Jose). Suckage awards go to Rasmus (-.304), Yunel (-.255), Jose (-.222), Carreno (-.217) and Lawrie (.151).
Kelly Johnson is making a fan out of me. 5 for 14 with 4 walks and a home run in the opening series.
Two close wins and one close loss before heading home for opening day in Toronto. Not a bad start to the season.