Mission ’13, Game 66: Jays win 8-0

The Jays began the series well with a solid outing by swingman Esmil Rogers and a timely double by Edwin Encarnacion for a 3-1 win. Lefty Mark Buehrle will face youngster Justin Grimm in game 2. The Ballpark in Arlington is not as great a hitters’ park as it has been in the past. It ranks 21st in MLB in runs allowed, 23rd in hits allowed, and 12th in home runs allowed. Perhaps this game will be another pitcher’s gem.

Chasing the 1930 Phillies

Game 66

PHI 25-41

TOR 30-36

The 1930 Phillies concluded their 4-game series against the Boston Braves with their 41st loss. Big days by Chuck Klein and Monk Sherlock were overshadowed by George Sisler and 3B Buster Chatham. Sisler, who walked and was a triple short of the cycle, was on base all day, and Chatham drove him in all day. The 60′ high Lifebuoy Wall in right got a workout as the Braves and Phils combined for 7 doubles but the Phils’ pitching, as usual, was their downfall. Hap Collard and two relievers gave up 7 runs on 11 hits and 3 walks, as the Phils lost 7-4.  Check the boxscore here.

This one began as a good pitcher’s duel, as both teams were held to a hit and a walk after 3 innings. Edwin opened the middle third of the game with a double and Adam Lind singled to put two runners on base. Colby Rasmus homered and JP Arencibia hit one of his own to stake Mark Buehrle to a 4-0 lead.

Buehrle set the Rangers down quickly in the 4th inning to get his teammates back to the plate, where they began to figure out Justin Grimm. Edwin doubled again in the 5th inning and was brought around to score on a single by Adam Lind pushing the Jays lead to 5-0.

A hustle double by Emilio Bonifacio and a sacrifice by Munenori Kawasaki put a runner at third base gainst Justin Grimm. The top of the order was quiet in the first half of the game, ut there were a couple of opportunities to bring Bonifacio home. Melky Cabrera grounded the ball about 60 feet up the first base line to score Bonifacio. Speed can make a serious difference for this team. The Jays extended their lead to 6-0.

Mark Buehrle followed Esmil Rogers and Chien-ming Wang to become the third straight pitcher to pitch 7 innings. Buehrle baffled the Rangers in this one, giving up four singles (one infield single) and a walk, while striking out 7. Aaron Loup relieved Buehrle in the 8th inning.

The Blue Jays final run came with their 2nd out of the 9th inning, as Rajai Davis hit a sac fly to score Kawasaki who had tripled to center field.

It’s time for our mid-month peek at how the Jays are doing relative to the rest of the AL and relative to how they did earlier in the season. We’ll start with the offense:

R/G

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

SB

CS

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

OPS

TB

Total

4.45

2528

2272

289

570

111

9

80

44

11

205

488

.315

.413

.728

939

Rank

7

6

t-7

9

9

t-9

t-6

3

5

t-8

7

10

11

8

t-7

8

May Rank

12

7

6

10

12

12

t-6

2

t-1

t-4

t-8

6

t-13

8

7

8

April Rank

9

8

11

10

12

5

5

7

3

7

10

2

11

10

11

11

This info came from: http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/AL/2013.shtml

  • The improvements are many, and they are reflected in their play;
  • on May 14, the Jays were 16-24 and they’re presently 29-36;
  • the progress is modest (13-12), but they were 10-16 the previous month;
  • perhaps the most encouraging advances are in BB and SO, where they’ve improved substantially relative to their league and their own performance;

It’s rapidly approaching the time when this team can be assessed accurately. They’ve started to play well in all facets of the game—defense, offense, pitching, and base running. There’s a long way to go, to be sure, but there’s tangible, noticeable improvement as the Jays continue to play the way everyone expected them to play. This allows the Jays’ braintrust can make good decisions about what they need.

The Jays have rolled into Arlington to play a team that’s struggling. I don’t care how well or poorly a team is playing at this point. What matters is that the Jays take advantage of every opportunity. Beating Texas 8-0 in Arlington is the opposite what happened to the Jays earlier in the season. It’ss nice to be on the other side of the blowouts. This win guarantees a split in a place where the Jays haven’t won very often in the last few seasons. Keep rolling.

Wes Kepstro

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3 Responses to “Mission ’13, Game 66: Jays win 8-0”


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  2. 2 @ALEastbound June 14, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    That was a BEAT DOWN. Very nice victory all around.


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