The Jays battled today and showed a lot of good, but ultimately dropped the game to Boston 7-5.
On the Mound:
Ricky Romero ran into problems in the second inning, giving up three runs on a number of hard hit balls. He limited the damage the rest of the way, ending up with 5 runs over his 6 innings, with four strikeouts and 2 walks. Not his best performance, but Boston is a tough team.
At the Plate:
Adam Lind went deep for his 16th home run of the season to get a run back in the second. Lind also doubled in the contest off Boston starter Daisuke Matsuzaka. After a horrible May and June to ruin a solid April, Lind enjoyed a very good July and is off to a terrific start in August. Travis Snider had a big game at the plate, going 2-5 with a 3-run home run in the third inning to erase Boston's lead and a double. He hit from the 2 spot. Moonraker did strike out with the bases loaded in the 6th, but you can't win 'em all. And Jose Bautista just can't be kept down - he hit a solo shot for his 35th home run of the season. On the other hand, Aaron Hill was 0-5 and J.P. Arencibia had a tough game at the plate, going 0-4 with two strikeouts and two poorly hit balls.
From the Pen:
With the score knotted 5-5, Scott Downs relieved Romero and was great, pitching a perfect inning and a third (1 K and 3 groundouts, wow he's good). Shawn Camp ran into problems in the 8th, though, giving up three hits including a 2-run home run to Mike Lowell that swung the outcome of the game. After a great first three months of the season, Camp had a very poor July and August isn't off to the best start either. Jason Frasor pitched a clean 9th.
In the Field:
J.P. Arencibia nabbed Jacoby Ellsbury trying to steal in the fourth (Yay!) Edwin Encarnacion threw a ball away in the 7th (boo, but it was erased when Scott Downs induced a double play)
Well, you can't win them all. Shaun Marcum and Clay Buchholz face off tomorrow in what should be a very interesting matchup of two excellent pitchers.
Today's title is from Tegan and Sara's song "Hell," because losing to Boston is Hell.