The good news is we got another good start from Ryan Borucki. He pitched 6 innings, allowed 6 hits, no walks with 2 strikeouts. He gave up 2 unearned runs.
The runs were unearned because Joe Mauer hit a fly out towards Teoscar Hernandez. Teoscar had a bit of trouble going back on the ball, but he got there and then the ball clunked off his glove. The batter went to second. Just terrible on Hernandez’ part.
Borucki got a ground out, that moved up the runner and then a fly ball to center, that scored the runner. Then he gave up a couple of doubles, to score another run.
The bad news, we couldn’t hit Twins starter Jose Berrios. Berrios went 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 walk with 9 strikeouts. He is a good pitcher.
The only Jay with 2 hits was Lourdes Gurriel. That’s 7 multi-hit games in a row for Lourdes, tying Alvin Woods team rookie record.
We only threatened in the 2nd inning, with 1 out, Yangervis Solarte doubled, Kendrys Morales singled, to give us runners on the corners. But Russell Martin and Randal Grichuk struck out to end it.
John Axford had a rough 8th inning. After a quick 7th, he started the 8th with a walk and a single, then got a strikeout, but gave up a home run to Eduardo Escobar. That made it 5-0 and ended any hope we might have had.
Other than Borucki, the only good part of the game, for the Jays, was Devon Travis’ play at second. Travis gets, deservedly, a lot of grief around here for his glove, but he had a great day. He made several very good plays.
By the numbers, we had no Jays of the Day, but I’ll give one to Borucki and Travis.
Suckage: Axford (-.083). I have not problem with leaving a reliever in for a second inning, especially when he has a good quick first inning, but he had trouble in that second inning. The walk wasn’t terrible and the single was just a ground ball that missed the fielders, but the homer....well it cleared thewall by enough.
Also Hernandez (-.134 for his bat, for an 0 for 4, 2 k, but the number doesn’t count the terrible error), Russell Martin (-.113, 0 for 3, 2 k), Smoak (-.094, 0 for 4, 1 k) and Grichuk (-.091, 0 for 3, 2 k).
Tomorrow’s an afternoon game. Hoping we don’t get swept.
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