It could be time to hit the panic button in regard to Mark Buehrle. Even though the Blue Jays pushed his start back not once but twice, Buehrle did not have his best stuff on this Monday afternoon. Maybe Russell Wilson's recovery water could heal Mark's "dead arm"?
The Blue Jays got off to a strong start thanks to a Josh Donaldson solo-shot in the top of the first. Buehrle held the 1-0 lead in the bottom half, but quickly surrendered a lead off double to David Ortiz in the second. A sacrifice fly off of the bat of Rusney Castillo would later tie the game up at 1-1.
Buehrle continued to struggle in the 3rd, allowing back-to-back singles to Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts to begin the inning. David Ortiz added yet another double, and the Red Sox jumped out to a 3-1 lead. That was the last inning Buehrle would be able to finish, as after surrendering three hits in the forth, Aaron Loup entered the game in relief.
The first hitter Loup faced, Mookie Betts, hit a ground ball to the third baseman. The Jays had a shot at turning a double play, but Josh Donaldson could not come up with the ball and Mookie had himself an infield single. After the messy forth inning had ended, the Red Sox had themselves a 5-1 lead.
Offensively, Toronto hit into double play after double play. Ryan Goins, Troy Tulowitzki, Russell Martin and Edwin Encarnacion were the culprits. Justin Smoak hit a solo shot in the 5th, but the Red Sox offence continued to score off Ryan Tepera, Liam Hendriks, and Jeff Francis. Unfortunately, none of the Jays pitchers were able to have a good day.
Donaldson and Jose Bautista may have hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth, but there was a random, tall, green wall in left field. Fenway Park can sure be a bit of a joke at times.
Jay of the Day: Josh Donaldson (.135)
Suckage: Mark Buehrle (-.304)
Also of note, Marcus Stroman had a rehab start with the Buffalo Bisons today. He posted a line of 3 IP, 8H, 4 ER, 5 K, 4 BB. On the bright side, Marcus said his stuff "felt unreal" even if the results did not say so.