Well that sucked.
Let's start with the good:
- Juan Perez and Neil Wagner came out from the bullpen and pitched two perfect innings. Perez still has a 0 ERA (19.2 IP) and Wagner got two strikeouts.
- J.P. Arencibia put the blue birds up on the board early with a two-run homer, and later Edwin Encarnacion crushed a Chris Tillman offer for a solo shot.
- The Blue Jays outhit the Orioles 14-9.
And now the bad. Note the relative length of this section:
- The Blue Jays out LOBbed the Orioles 9-1. The blue birds were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, the orange birds were 3-for-4.
- Jose Bautista got a golden sombrero (Brett Lawrie got one Thursday with the Bisons), going 0-for-5 in the game, leaving five men on base.
- Arencibia followed his homer with a line drive single that he tried to extend into a double. It is incredible how many baserunning ugliness we've seen from the Blue Jays lately.
- Mark Buehrle gave up three homers (Chris Davis, Adam Jones, and J.J. Hardy), nine hits, and eight runs. His ERA is now at 4.89. Eight runs is the most he has given up this season. He did give the Jays six innings and 100 pitches though. That's something, right? Although, to be fair, Buehrle would've gotten out of the third inning without having to face Jones but normally sure-handed Jose Reyes dropped a Manny Machado grounder, which was scored an infield hit.
- After he was pulled, it looked like Buehrle was very emotional and had a stern talk with fellow starter Josh Johnson while he was holding on to Johnson's hoodie.
Perhaps, with a solid bullpen and less-than-sold starters, it's time for John Gibbons to shorten his leash and bring in the relief corps earlier in the game to not force the batters to constantly have to battle back up a deep hole. The batters did get a ninth-inning rally, scoring two runs off of Tommy Hunter, but it was too little, too late.
Jays of the Day! J.P. Arencibia (+.117) despite TOOTBLAN.
Suckage Jays: Mark Buehrle (-.450), Jose Bautista (-.132), Rajai Davis (-.090) was close, but I'm in a bad mood so he gets it too.
The Blue Jays are playing again tomorrow at 4:05 pm. Todd Redmond will face off against Jason Hammel. I think I'm ready for four games without Blue Jays baseball next week.