Mission ’13, Game 2: Tribe Wins 3-2 in 11

I don’t know if the Jays are playing ‘possum early in the season but if they are, they’re doing a good job of it. Game 2 against the Tribe was another flat effort by the Jays’ bats but Brandon Morrow was very, very good.

Morrow walked a couple and allowed a single run on a hit by Michael Brantley, but gathered himself by the third inning ended up striking out 8 in 6 IP. The score was 1-1 so neither starter–Morrow was matched pitch-for-pitch by Ubaldo Jiminez—figured in the decision.

Offensively both teams struggled. Cleveland struggled to hit with runners in scoring position, while the Jays struggled to get runners on base. Brantley has been exceptional in the opening two games and enjoyed a 4-hit night in game 2. His 99-hopper in the hole between short and third led to the Tribe’s first run. Their second run came in the 8th inning on a throwing error by Maicer Izturis after a single, a walk and a ground ball by Darren Oliver.

Toronto, for their part, has been eerily quiet offensively. Their first run came on a long ball that just cleared the fence in right by Maicer Izturis. The second run was pretty: Jose Bautista hit a frozen rope over the wall in left with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Edwin Encarnacion followed Bautista’s homer with a walk, but a pop-up on the first pitch by Adam Lind and a strike out by Rasmus ended the threat.

In extra innings, the Jays rolled both prospective closers out to pitch an inning and they both looked good, for the most part. The only blemish was a shoulder-high fastball that Sergio Santos threw to Mark Reynolds in the 11th inning, which Reynolds promptly hit out to center field for a 3-2 lead. The Blue Jays went down quietly in the bottom of the inning.

Wes Kepstro


4 Responses to “Mission ’13, Game 2: Tribe Wins 3-2 in 11”

  1. 1 nyc hobbies April 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

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  2. 2 Idiot Fan April 4, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I was following you on Twitter and I agree that Adam Lind has had his chance. How many years can we watch this minor leaguer take lousy hack after lousy hack?

    I also agree Nick Swisher is a douche.

  3. 3 @ALEastbound April 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    99-hopper, that is funny. Even though it is true. Man, just doesn’t feel like our series…

    • 4 Wes Kepstro April 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      I was thinking during the game that it’ll be about 20-25 games before they start to put it together offensively.

      The biggest difficulty I’m having is listening to Buck and Tabby. Generally I’m not very critical of play-by-play/commentary but, boy, they’re stinkin’ it up pretty badly. It’s like an outhouse full of skunks.

      For the most part everyone’s expectations–including mine–made us overlook a pretty good Indians squad. That speed means nothing when getting on base is the biggest challenge…

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