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Blue Jays 2 Tigers 6: Just Terrible Baseball

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Errors cost the Blue Jays.

Jays are leaving no stone unturned in their search for pitching help. Alice Cooper tries out.
Jays are leaving no stone unturned in their search for pitching help. Alice Cooper tries out.
Brad White

Tigers 6 Blue Jays 2

Let's just make this quick.

That was just a terrible error by Emilio Bonifacio in the second inning. That said, just because you had an error made behind you, it doesn't mean you have to give up a bunch of runs, but that's what Josh Johnson did, giving up a Jhonny Peralta RBI single and a 3-run homer to Alex Avila. Johnson's own error, in the third, cost him another unearned run. Then he gave up a home run to Victor Martinez in the fifth, his only earned run of the game.

Josh wasn't good. 5 innings, 7 hits, 6 runs, only 1 earned, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, 2 home runs. He also made 2 fielding errors.

Todd Redmond came and pitched 3 scoreless innings. Odds are he cost himself a chance to start Sunday, though you never know. Maybe he showed enough that the Jays will want him to start. He gave up a lot of hard hit balls, but they found gloves.

Dustin McGowan looked really good in his inning. 3 strikeouts. Maybe we could start giving him some higher leverage moments.

On offense, we managed 9 hits, 2 each for Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus and Bonifacio (plus our only walk) One for Jose Reyes, Maicer Izturis and Mark DeRosa. But that added up to only 2 runs. Maybe the game would have gone better if J.P. Arencibia's drive to the wall went a couple of feet further or if Tigers LFer Andy Dirks hadn't made such a good catch.

There were a couple of moments of interest. Colby knocked Omar Infante out of the game, with a hard slide, breaking up a double play. I don't like that he jumped over the bag to hit Infante. Hard slides are one thing, but you should touch the bag, not jump over it. If I was Colby, I wouldn't dig in too deep in my at bats tomorrow.

Then, later in the game, Redmond lost control of a fastball and hit Torii Hunter high in the shoulder. Hunter wasn't impressed, though I don't think there was anything intentional about the pitch.

Bautista made a couple of really nice catches in the outfield and made as nice a slide into the plate that you are ever going to see, to score our second run. I thought it was a terrible send by Luis Rivera. Down by 5 isn't time to gamble, but Jose made it work.

No Jays of the Day today. Bonifacio had the high score at .047, but that didn't include the error.

Johnson (-.302, not including his 2 errors) gets the Suckage award and I'll give one to Adam Lind (-.091, 0 for 4, 3 k).

The GameThread petered out early, along with our chances to him. Thorkun led the way, a gritty performance in the losing cause.

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