Henderson Alvarez Strong, But Bullpen Falters In Jays Loss

The Toronto Blue Jays once again squandered a golden opportunity to beat the Baltimore Orioles as the bullpen coughed up a win.  Henderson Alvarez was once again strong as he overcame some control issues early and gave the Jays a solid 7 innings, allowing just 6 hits and 3 earned runs.  He once again kept the ball on the ground (12 groundball outs) although his strikeout numbers were still pedestrian (2 K’s).

Alvarez left the game with a 4-3 lead as Casey Janssen took over in the eight inning.  The inning started promising with Janssen recording to quick outs but left a cutter in the heart of the plate to Wilson Betemit who took him deep over the right field wall, tying the game 4-4. 

Francisco Cordero was brought into the game in the ninth inning and allowed a 2-run homerun to Nolan Reimold and the game was pretty much over from there.  There was a glimour of hope in the home half of the ninth with Colby Rasmus completing a 3-hit game bringing JP Arencibia to the plate with no outs.  Hitting .071 on the season Arencibia hit a weak groundball to the shortstop JJ Hardy to started a 6-4-3 double play.

Another tough loss for the Blue Jays who have been in basically every game this season but have now seen there record drop to 4-4.  It’s way too early to make any judgements on some of our batters but JP Arencibia has been plain awful to this point.  Given he has never proven to be a hitter who can bat .230-.240 he might be in tough to see his average climb above the mendoza line in the next few weeks.

Kyle Drabek takes the hill tomorrow in a much needed early season game.

Here is the boxscore.

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