June 11, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (center) comes out of the game after six pitches against the Washington Nationals at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE
It seemed like the Jays night was over before it really got started. While facing the second batter of the game Brandon Morrow motioned to the dugout, it looks like something popped or was pulled or strained or who knows what when he was on the field. Throw in a panic inducing tweet from a radio call in host, and the fanbase was ready to jump. As it turns out initial reports are good. It appears as if Morrow is now listed as day to day with a left oblique strain. So hopefully things turn out ok. That being said, that didn't exactly help the Jays for the rest of the night.
During the game it never really seemed like the Jays could get anything going against Edwin Jackson, only 3 hits on the day one of which belong to Colby Rasmus who hit yet another home run. Edwin Encarnacion managed a double in the ninth inning but it was a bit too little too late. After Edwin's double in the ninth Jackson was pulled and the Nationals pen was able to close out the win but not without a little drama. After Encarnacion's double there were a couple of quick outs before Yan Gomes pinch hit for David Cooper. Yan Gomes went deep over the Left-Center fence to close the gap to 6-3. That was as close as they got as the very next pitch was hit for a game-ending groundout.
Jays pitching wasn't exactly good, but when your bullpen has to get going in the 1st inning I am not sure you are really expecting things to go your way for the rest of the night. First up was Chad Beck who proceeded to go 3.2 IP giving up 3 Hits, 3 Runs (2 Earned) along with 2BB and 3Ks. Luis Perez followed that up with 2.1IP dancing in and out of trouble while giving up 6! hits and only giving up 1 Run. Jason "Rain Delay" Frasor was up next and managed a 0 on the board even though he lived dangerously giving up 2 hits and loading the bases. Up next in the 8th was fan favourite Francisco Cordero who promptly gave up 2 hard hit balls, 1 left the park and one bounced off the top of the wall for a double. He got out of the rest of hte inning without any further damage but that ERA is creeping ever closer to 6. Jamie Campbell wondered aloud on twitter if this was the last we would see of all CoCo. Lastly Carlos Villanueva came out in the ninth throwing a clean inning (hurray! Small victories!).
Not really much to say about the game, it seemed to drag a bit in the middle but that could be because the Jays never really seemed like they were close. Even when it was only a 3 run game.
Jays of the Day: None, Suckage: Beck has the numbers, and how about I just leave it at that since I don't want to get into it about Cordero again.
Tomorrow is another day. Hopefully we will get some good news on Morrow and hopefully the pen gets a bit of a break. Game is at 7 scheduled starters are former Yankee sinkerballer Chien-Ming Wang vs current Jay sinkerballer Henderson Alvarez. Infielders, you're on notice.