This was such a pleasant change from last year. Last year our defense would give the other team free hits, free runs and generally boot away games. Today, the Indians couldn't make the plays in the field and our guys played great defense.
The top of the first was fun, Melky Cabrera hits one to the wall that Indians right fielder David Murphy made a very awkward attempt at a catch on. Triple. Jose Bautista pops one up and Nick Swisher whiffs on the catch. If it was anyone other than Swisher, I'd be fair and mention that, with the wind blowing the ball around, it was a tough chance. But it is Swisher, so ha ha. Cabrera scores on the 'single'. A passed ball on Yan Gomes moves Bautista to second. Then Edwin Encarnacion grounds one to third baseman Mike Aviles, but Aviles didn't pay enough attention to Bautista and Jose moved up on the throw to first. Dioner Navarro hit a hard ground ball at Swisher and he couldn't make the play. Bautista scored.
That was all the runs that Mark Buehrle needed, he was great. 7 innings of shutout ball. 4 hits, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Buehrle also made three nice plays with the glove. Our defense was great today. Mark is now 4-0, with a 0.64 ERA. If he's a slow starter, how is the rest of the season going to go?
Esmil Rogers came in with 2 on and no outs in the 8th and got out of the inning without giving up a run (helped by a great catch in center field by Colby Rasmus). Rogers pitched a nice 9th too. 2.0 innings, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts. Nice to see Rogers pitching decently too.
We did score 3 more runs, after the first. Jose Reyes drove home Brett Lawrie in the second. And in the 7th, Jose Bautista walked and Edwin Encarnacion doubled, setting up a Dioner Navarro 2-run single.
We had 9 hits, 2 each for Cabrera and Navarro. Juan Francisco had a nice game, in his first time in a Blue Jays uniform, beating out an infield single and taking a walk.
Tomorrow Brandon Morrow goes out there to lead us to the sweep. We are now 10-8, a half game back of the Yankees. If the Rays can beat them tonight we'll be tied for first.
Jays of the Day are Buehrle (.266 WPA) and Navarro (.124). No Suckage Jays.
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