I figured the Jays would be looking for 4 innings out of Clayton Richard (I know I’m going to add an ‘s’ to his name about 1000 times this season), but Clayton completed 6 innings today. That’s after I made a bit of fun of Jesse Goldberg-Strassler calling him an ‘innings eater’, one of my less favorite backhanded compliments that sportscasters use, Richard ate 6 innings and did a very nice job. I thought Jesse did a nice job on the broadcast.
His first 4 innings were very good. He had a bit of trouble in the 5th (I thought he was tiring and would come out of the game after the inning), then he nice quick 6th, with 2 strikeouts. In all, 6 innings, 3 hits, 2 earned (he gave up a first inning home run), 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. I approve of that sort of eating innings. His ERA is now 3.38.
- Trent Thornton: 2 innings, clean, 3 k. 3.97.
- Bud Norris: 1 inning, 1 walk (typed Bub Norris at first).
- Dalton Pompey: 3 for 4, double. .297. I tell you, I write about a guy, he has a good game. The fun of spring training, before the game his BA was .242, now it looks much better.
- Freddy Galvis: 0 for 4, 2 k. .206.
- Teoscar Hernandez: 2 for 4, k. .405. He had his first home run of the spring. I was kind of down on his average because he was getting a lot of BABIP luck, but good to see him hit a ball hard.
- Kendrys Morales: 0 for 4. .242.
- Brandon Drury: 2 for 3, both doubles. .351. Having a terrific spring.
- Kevin Pillar: 1 for 4. .225.
- Rowdy Tellez: 0 for 2. .283.
- Eric Sogard: 0 for 3, k. .206.
- Luke Maile: 2 walks. .148. He also threw out a runner trying to move up on a ball in the dirt. Yesterday he had a tough time behind the plate. Today was much better.
- Cavan Biggio: 0 for 1. .243.
- Billy McKinney: 0 for 1. .265. Played first base.
- Reese McGuire: 0 for 1. Hit a ball hard to the wall, but it was caught.
There were a few other guys but they didn’t bat.
Blue Jays are now 11-11-2.
Tomorrow the Jays travel to face the Red Sox. The game is on RSN.