The clash of the titans it wasn’t. Mark Buehrle vs. Robbie Erlin should have been a mismatch in favour of the Blue Jays. Alas, it’s 2013 and very little is a mismatch in favour of the Blue Jays.
Chasing the Phillies
The Blue Jays are chasing the 1930 Philadelphia Phillies. Game 56 for the Phils was a wash as the Cubs beat them 6-1 at Wrigley. Monk Sherlock played 1B in game 56 but Marse Joe McCarthy’s Cubs pitched well and hit well, but it was the Phils’ defense that was their downfall. Four errors paved the way to defeat. Pitcher Harry Smythe, who went 2-2 on the day, didn’t help his own cause much as he committed a pair of errors as well. The Phils’ loss in game 56 dropped their record to 23-33 for the season. Check the boxscore here.
Similarly, an error by pitcher Mark Buehrle led to an unearned run. Buehrle was in and out of trouble all night—the Padres led off three innings with doubles—as the Padres hit him. not hard, but they put together enough to score four runs.
The Jays, for their part, were very quiet offensively against Robbie Erlin. Erlin was acquired by the Pads from the Rangers a couple of years ago in exchange for Mike Adams, a solid reliever who now pitches with the Phillies, ironically. When Erlin’s job was done, the Jays made a little noise against the Pads’ ‘pen, even threatening to tie the game, but it was not to be on this night.
Jose Bautista has officially cooled off. He was awesome offensively and that game against the Rays was stupendous, but it’s a thing of the past: he’s 0-12 against San Diego after grounding out to Chase Headley to end the game. Melky and Edwin aren’t faring much better. These are the top-of-the-order guys, both literally and figuratively. As they go, the offense goes. They haven’t gone; the offense is sputtering.
An error by the pitcher and a sputtering offense added up to loss #33 for the Jays. Perhaps they can salvage game 3, even though Brandon Morrow isn’t available to pitch.