Man that was a long game.
What it wasn't was a demonstration of great starting pitching by either team.
Drew Hutchison was terrible. He couldn't throw the slider for anything close to a strike. He was pulled after 4 innings, plus 3 batters. He allowed 9 hits, 5 walks and had no strikeouts, to add up to 6 earned runs. Now some of the hits were of the seeing eye, piss you off, soft things, but most were good hard hits. He wasn't missing many bats. I don't know what was going on with him, it didn't seem to have his normal velocity. Maybe it had something to do with the cold. I know know. I was expecting a very good season from him. Might still get it, but he's had a slow start. When he gave up 4 runs in the 2nd inning, we were thinking the worst.
The good thing was the Jiffy Lube was just as bad, going just 2.2, allowing 6 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Maybe he needed the 10w30 today.
Our bullpen was much better than it has been of late:
- Marco Estrada pitched 3 very good innings, giving out just 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. And excellent job, hopefully buying himself more high leverage work.
- Aaron Loup followed and got 2 quick strikeouts, but then gave up a David Ortiz double and a Hanley Ramirez home run (short one down the right field line just around the Pesky Pole), then a Pablo Sandoval single and Loup was out.
- Thankfully Liam Hendriks got pinch hitter Allen Craig to ground out on his first, and only, pitch of the game.
- Brett Cecil got a strikeout and a lineout to start the 9th, gave up a single to Ryan Hanigan (just to get out hearts beating hard). Thankfully Mookie Betts ground out to end the game and give Cecil his first save of the season. Estrada gets the win.
Our offense had a great night. After Hutchison put us down by 4 in the 2nd, we scored 5 in the top of the 3rd. We had everything. Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson hit home runs. Ryan Goins tripled. Kevin Pillar doubled. And we had 13 singles plus 6 walks. Everyone hit:
- Devon Travis: 1 for 5 with a walk, 2 runs, 1 RBI.
- Donaldson: 3 for 5 with a walk, home run, 3 runs, 2 RBI.
- Bautiista: 2 for 4, with a walk, home run, 2 runs, 3 RBI. He also had way more than his share of bad strike calls against him. I don't know what's going on, but he is getting pitching 6 inches off the plate called against him.
- Edwin Encarnacion: 2 for 5, 1 run, 2 RBI.
- Russell Martin: 1 for 3, 2 walks.
- Michael Saunders: 2 for 5, 1 RBI. His first hits of the season.
- Danny Valencia: 1 for 5. Plus one excellent throw from left field and a couple of decent catches.
- Pillar: 3 for 4, 2 runs, double, 1 walk.
- Goins: 2 for 5, triple, 1 run, 1 RBI.
Jays of the Day: Estrada (.263 WPA), Donaldson (.244), Bautista (.142), Encarnacion (.129) and Pillar (.108).
Suckage goes to Hutchison (-.409). I'd like to know what's going on with him.
The FanGraph is a thing beauty.
We had 2002 comments in our 2 GameThreads (like I said, it was a long game). Pikachu led us to victory, tough to do if you are allergic to beer, I need beer to rack up 200 comments.
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