The Jays have wasted two solid starting pitching performances in a row. It would be nice to win a few games.
W: J. Vargas 11-3
L: M. Estrada 4-6
S: K. Herrera 1-2
L, 4-6 | 7.0 IP | 3 (3) | 5 H | 4 BB | 6 K |
117 PC, B: 40, S: 77 | 4.89 ERA
Marco Estrada finally broke his string of bad starts this afternoon. His final line reads 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 6 K, 4 BB. Estrada didn’t run into any trouble until the 3rd. Alcides Escobar led off that inning, as he dropped a ball between Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista for an ugly triple. After a popout, Whit Merrifield brought Escobar home with a sac fly (Steve Pearce almost had him at the plate, but his throw was off-line). Estrada then gave up a solo shot to Eric Hosmer in the 4th. He settled down after that. The third run came in the 7th, when Escobar dropped another ball in the outfield, this time in front of Pearce, and Alex Gordon followed with an RBI triple. There would have been more damage in the inning, but Troy Tulowitzki made a terrific play to get Lorenzo Cain at 1st. Were it not for the defence, Estrada’s outing would have looked excellent. Even with a few mistakes in the outfield, he still pitched a solid game. Hopefully that will stick from here on out.
It felt like the Jays should have scored a few more runs today. I suppose it feels that way most days. They got on the board early, as Tulowitzki hit his third home run of the season for a solo shot. Were you also surprised to learn that Tulowitzki only has three home runs this far into the season? The bats cooled off after that. Pillar hit another solo home run in the 7th. He has looked much more comfortable hitting lower in the order. The good news is that Bautista has also looked better as the leadoff hitter. Good thinking, Mr. Gibbons.
So the offence relied on home runs again today. They did try some “small ball” in the 5th. Pillar and Darwin Barney started the inning with back-to-back singles. That brought Luke Maile to the plate. I almost never like to bunt, but that was a good situation to lay one down. Maile couldn’t get the job done, as he popped out in foul territory. That sequence basically sums up why this team doesn’t bunt. They have a bunch of power hitters, and their weaker hitters aren’t good bunters. Without any reliable options, Gibbons is hard-pressed to move runners over. The Jays didn’t score in the inning, as Bautista followed by grounding into an inning-ending double play.
|J. Beliveau (1-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||9 (2-7)||4.32|
Jeff Beliveau got the ball in the 8th. Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas each grounded out, and Sal Perez flied out. That was a nice and easy inning for Beliveau. He might work his way into J.P. Howell’s spot, at least until the trade deadline.
So it’s a three-game losing streak, and they’ve been some ugly losses. Every team in baseball will have at least a few of these over the next few months. Losing isn’t fun, but this isn’t the end of the season. The Jays will be alright.