For 4 innings that was a fun game.
The fun ended in the top of the 5th. In the 5th, J.A. Happ got the first 2 outs, then there were a couple of singles, a walk. Then Leonys Martin put down a perfect bunt single to give the Tigers their first run. By the time you got thinking 1 run, we can deal with that, Nicholas Castellanos sliced one to right field, it bounced off the top of the wall and over and suddenly it was 5-1.
The Tigers got 2 more runs in the 6th, again after 2 outs. Single, double and bloop single (which Teoscar over ran trying to pick up) and 2 more runs scored. That was the game for Happ.
5.2 innings, 10 hits 7 earned, 1 walks and 4 strikeouts for Happ. and all the runs after two outs.
On offense, we didn’t do much. 6 hits. We seem really impatient at the bat, didn’t take any walks and Jordan Zimmermann seemed to be off the edges of the plate all game.
We scored 1 in the first. Hernandez hit a triple and Justin Smoak had a ground rule double.
Other than that, there wasn’t much, 4 hits over the next 8 innings.
Devon Travis was the only Jay with 2 hits.
Not that it mattered but John Axford and Jake Petricka each pitched a good inning of relief. Preston Guilmet gave up a couple of runs in the 9th, but it would have been 4 runs without an absolutely amazing catch by Pillar, climbing (literally) the fence and catching the Castellanos fly just before it went over the wall. That would have been Nick’s second homer of the game, but he joined with the crowd applauding Kevin. It was one of the best catches you’ll ever see. You have to admire him for going all out like that when his team was down 8 runs.
Guilmet’s ERA jumps to 12.46, it would have been 15.37 if it wasn’t for Kevin’s catch.
Jays of the Day: Oh let’s give one to Pillar.
Suckage: Happ (-.336), Solarte (-.087) and Granderson (-.081)
Not many comments today, not a surprise as the game was over early and it’s a holiday. I led us to crushing defeat. Yay me.