Brett Lawrie has arrived and he does not seem to be having trouble adapting to major league pitcher so far. He had a great opening series over the weekend hitting almost 500 over the series along with his first home run. So how does he follow that up? A fantastic day in the field on the first game of this series following that up by hitting his first career grand slam on his second career home run becoming the hero of the day pushing the Jays to Victory.
Lawrie's big day at the plate overshadowed a good debut for the Jays young flame-thrower Henderson Alvarez. Alvarez pitched into the 6 inning before giving way to Casey Janssen to clean up a few runners left on base. He had his moments and he only walked 1 batter which is good, but he was pitching behind in the count quite a bit. Overall he gave up 8 hits including 1 HR, 3ERs and racked up 4Ks, Really not a bad debut at all. It's too bad the fireworks didn't happen until after he left the game and he didn't get the win.
Our hitters were much better tonight then last night, after blowing a golden opportunity in the first inning by only scoring one run after having multiple runners reach. The Jays were able to put 10 hits up on the board along side 6BBs. Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit except for Arencibia. Lawrie and Lind had two each with both of Lawrie's being extra base hits. The grand slam was one of those high arcing shots that squeaked over the LF fence and the next time at bat he drilled a line drive right at the top of the wall in LF.
Casey Janssen worked out of trouble in the sixth when he came on for Alvarez. In the seventh we got to see Trever Miller, he didn't get through the inning as he gave up a walk and a hit. Jesse Litsch came on to close out the last 2.2 innings, he gave up 2 hits one being a home run and got 2Ks to go along with everything else. Because of the situation that he came into the game and proceeded to pitch 2.2IP, Litsch gets his first career save (NEW CLOSER!).
Jays of the Day: BRETT LAWRIE (.295) Lind (.229), Encarnacion (.129) Litsch (.130)
Suckage: Arencibia -.164
Tomorrow is an afternoon affair that I don't get to watch because I am at work. GO JAYS GO!