Well that wasn't as fun as I would have liked. Cecil most definitely didn't have his best stuff on the night and ended up only lasting 5 innings giving up 6 runs (all earned), 8Hs, 1IBB and 4Ks. This was Cecil shortest outing since his May 14th bomb against the Rangers where he only went 2 innings and gave up 8 Home Runs. As bad as things were for Cecil they didn't get much better for the rest of the Bullpen. Camp was the exception as he came out in the 6th inning and on 10 pitches retired the side. Then Frasor came in and worked a clean 7th but Cito sent him back out for the 8th where things started to get dicey. Frasor hit David Freese before giving up a 2 run home run to a pinch hitting Colby Rasmus. Purcey came out for the 9th and proceeded to give up a solo shot to Felipe Lopez., he did strike out 2 in the inning after that.
Our hitting wasn't bad. We were up against the pitcher with the second best ERA in all the majors so we were in tough against him regardless. We did knock Jaime Garcia around for 3 Earned runs which is a season high for him. Bautista was the offensive star of the game, 2 Home runs and 3 RBI. Lind got the other RBI on a sacrifice after being robbed by Pujols on what looked like extra bases down the 1st base line. In Total 7 hits, Lewis, Wells and Bautista with 2 each and Hoffpauir had 1 in his Blue Jay debut.
With his 2 Home Runs Jose now has 20 on the season and has regained the AL lead in that category from Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers. He is going to be very hard to keep off the all-star team.
In the field Gonzalez and Hoffpauir made some nice plays sliding plays, and Both Wells and Lewis almost pulled off spectacular catches on what looked like surefire doubles. Lewis was moving to his right and laid out and the ball just went off the end of his glove. Had he made that catch Cecil's night would have looked very different, game of inches right there. Later in the game Wells almost made an amazing sliding catch into the wall in deep Center but just missed it as he hit the wall hard.
Jays of the day - Jose Bautista (.250 WPA)
Suckage Jays - Brett Cecil (-.377) and Alex Gonzalez (-.138)
Tomorrow we have what looks like another pitchers duel lined up. We continue to just keep running into great pitchers over the last little while. Tomorrow Carpenter (8-1, 2.83ERA) takes on Romero (6-3, 3.08ERA). Should be a good one.
Too bad we could get a win for our friends in town visiting to see the Jays, but tomorrow is another day. Lets hope they go out and play hard to win the last two games of the series.