W: W. Peralta 2-0
L: J. Happ 0-2
S: N. Feliz 0-1
L, 0-2 | 4.2 IP | 4 (4) | 9 H | 0 BB | 8 K |
102 PC, B: 32, S: 70 | 5.40 ERA
It was an up-and-down night for Happ but unfortunately the “up” part meant leaving balls up in the strikezone. Again the Jays’ starting staff lost thanks to the long ball and while Happ looked downright dominant at times with eight strikeouts when his fast ball wasn’t high and tight Milwaukees’ bats picked up on it in a hurry. He didn’t have a single pitch he seemed to rely on early and by the time he had settled down the Brewers had done their damage.
Five hits from two players. There’s no way around how poor that is and while it’s still early there’s two big concerns already in the lineup. Devon Travis isn’t getting it done in the leadoff spot and Russell Martin is still hitless to start the season. Considering he was in the 5-Spot tonight that really hurt the Jays. He struck out three times in a row and a pop fly saved him from the golden sombrero. It still feels like the Jays are swinging for the fenced but the homeruns aren’t coming. Bautista looks great in the outfield and he showed off his arm again tonight but his bat speed hasn’t caught up to some of the arms he’s seen so far.
|D. Leone (0-0)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||2 (0-2)||3.00|
|J. Smith (0-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||12 (2-10)||2.25|
|J. Biagini (0-0)||1.0||0||0||0||1||2||23 (10-13)||1.42|
|J. Grilli (0-1)||1.0||0||0||1||0||0||23 (8-15)||2.45|
|R. Osuna (0-0)||1.0||0||0||1||0||1||14 (4-10)||0.00|
If there’s anything encouraging to take from tonight it’s the work of the bullpen. Joe Smith was particularly impressive despite his unimpressive name and he almost struck out the side in his one inning. It’s been a while since the Jays had a true submarine pitcher and the different look he gives batters is an awesome addition. Osuna made his season debut much to the light of fans and it was much of the same with the velocity back up and a strikeout to boot. If the bullpen keeps this up the Jays should be just fine this season.
It must have been fun to put in Donaldson in the ninth to pinch hit in front of the home crowd, but the decision is a little puzzling. He hadn’t swung a bat all game but we’ll accept it as a flair for the dramatic. Sending Kevin Pillar to steal with a 2-0 count to Goins and two outs was also a tough call and it felt like Gibbons was a little anxious to get things going but can you blame him?