In a streak of good starts, we, finally, don't waste one. Nice to get a well pitched win on Canada Day, in front of a great crowd.
Drew Hutchison went 7 innings, allowed just 3 hits, 1 earned, 2 walks with 10 strikeouts. He didn't allow a base runner until 2 out in the 5th, a infield single that Jose Reyes tried to make a play on, but his throw was just off the bag at first. It was a good effort. The only innings Drew had any real troubles were the 6th and 7th. In the 6th he gave up a single to Scooter Gennett and a RBI double to Ryan Braun, the only run Drew would give up. In the 7th, he loaded the bases on 2 walks and a hit batter but got of it. He was having a lot of fun with the high fastball.
Aaron Loup started the 8th inning and hit Rickie Weeks with his 0-2 pitch, bad time to hit a batter. Gibby brought Dustin McGowan in and he got a quick double play, game up a walk and got Carlos Gomez to strikeout. Casey Janssen worked an easy 9th for the 1-inning, 3 run save.
We got enough offense, more would have been ok too, but the way we hit in June, 4 runs seems like a big time breakout for the bats:
- Jose Bautista, in his first game back, hit a home run in the first inning.
- Colby Rasmus homered in the 6th.
- And we got two insurance runs in the 8th. Pinch hitter Adam Lind singled, and was pinch run for by Darin Mastroianni. After roughly 45 pick off throws to first, Melky Cabrera tripled, scoring Darin. If I'm the manager I want my pitch focusing on the batter, but thankfully Rob Wooten let Mastroianni distract him. Edwin Encarnacion followed that with a double, high off the center field wall. Just a couple of feet short of a homer.
Lind's at bat was interesting. Brewers lefty reliever Zack Duke finished the 7th inning and was to start the 8th, but Gibbons put Brad Glenn to pinch hit for Gose. The Brewers brought in right-hander Wooten, so Gibby pinch hit Lind for his pinch hitter, making us wonder why he didn't do a similar move yesterday, when the White Sox brought in a left to pitch to Lind. It worked out great today.
Jays of the Day are Hutchison (.356 WPA) and McGowan (.210). I'll give honorable mention to Bautista and Rasmus for their home runs.
No one gets the Suckage number, though Loup comes close with a -.086 for his hit batter.
We had a nice Canada Day GameThread, 1493 comments. Spor led the way again. Great Job.