W: K. Gausman 1-0
L: F. Liriano 0-1
S: Z. Britton 0-0
L, 0-1 | 6.2 IP | 2 (2) | 5 H | 2 BB | 10 K |
91 PC, B: 32, S: 59 | 9.00 ERA
After a forgettable start against Tampa Bay on April 7th, Francisco Liriano must have been anxious to get on the hill again. He wasted no time out of the gate, retiring the first seven batters he faced. Francisco had his preferred catcher for this start, Russell Martin. Who knows whether his last poor start can be blamed on having Jarrod Saltalamacchia catching for him, but his lifetime stats show that he pitches much better with Russell behind the plate.
Other than a shaky 5th inning where he gave up four straight hits to the Orioles, Liriano was excellent. Something seemed off in his delivery in the 5th, and luckily he corrected the problem for the rest of the outing. The next inning he needed only five pitches to retire the side. With a total of 10 strikeouts over 6.2 innings, Liriano was throwing fire for the most of the game. He really should have gotten the win tonight, but similar to Stroman yesterday, he picked up the loss.
If you were looking to find some positive things about the Blue Jays offense, there were a couple of moments in this game. Troy Tulowitzki is hitting well at the moment and went 2-4 tonight with a pair of singles. Another positive was Jose Bautista hitting a double in the 6th inning and later scoring on a double by Josh Donaldson. The big negative on the night was that Donaldson pulled up lame coming into second base on his hit. It appeared to be his calf again causing the trouble and it appeared to be bad.
For the second consecutive game, Toronto could only manage four hits. At least they were able to get two hits in the same inning to score a run. It had been 18 consecutive innings without a run to that point, and that is not a statistic to be proud of. The pitchers are getting the job done for the Jays but the hitters cannot find a way to get anything across the plate. Gibbons even had the team out for an extra batting practice before the game in an attempt to break the funk, but it was to no avail.
|J. Biagini (0-0)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||17 (5-12)||1.17|
|J. Smith (0-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||3||12 (3-9)||1.80|
Joe Biagini entered in relief for Liriano in the 7th with two outs. He wasted no time striking out J.J. Hardy to end the inning. More of the same from Biagini in the 8th, picking up a very efficient three-up, three-down inning.
Sidewinder Joe Smith took the mound in the 9th when the Blue Jays were in need of a shut-down inning trailing 2-1. Smith quickly struck out Mark Trumbo, Chris Davis (three pitches) and Welington Castillo. He did an awesome job and left batters completely puzzled while striking out the side.
The two Joes for the Blue Jays were absolutely lights-out.
1-4 | 0 BB | 1 R | 1 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .152, OBP: .275, Slug: .212
Yet another impressive catch tonight that he made look more difficult than it was, but he caught it nonetheless. Perhaps Jose is on a mission to nullify the notion that he’s losing his fielding abilities.
1-3 | 0 BB | 0 R | 1 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .310, OBP: .429, Slug: .586
All Blue Jays fans are collectively praying that his calf injury is not severe.
0-2 | 2 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .235, OBP: .333, Slug: .382
Kendry showed good patience in the box tonight picking up two walks.
2-4 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .212, OBP: .250, Slug: .394
Continues to hit well. He had a bit of trouble with his hand during 6th inning warm ups. Devon Travis threw him a ball when he was unaware and it hit him on the hand somehow. Troy looked to be in some discomfort.
1-2 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .375, OBP: .444, Slug: .375
Excellent play on third base, catching a hot-shot from Machado to rob him of a hit.