Jays From the Couch brings you the Highlights & Lowlights from the Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training loss to the Pirates
The Toronto Blue Jays continued their 2017 Spring Training schedule against the Pirates Monday. Following split squad losses to both the Yankees and the Phillies yesterday, the Blue Jays would look to turn their luck around. Marcus Stroman would also make his spring debut working two innings to start the game. Stroman would “face off” against Chad Kuhl.
Toronto Blue Jays: 1 H: 4 E: 1
Pittsburgh Pirates: 2 H: 9 E: 0
WP: LeBlanc (1-0) LP: Loup (0-1)
— Catherine Stem 📎 (@CathQCT) February 27, 2017
Marcus Stroman only pitched two innings to start the season, but he looked great doing it. Not only did he pitch incredibly well, striking out 3 of the 6 batters he faced, but Stroman’s athletism was also on full display. On a chopper from David Freese, Stroman ranged back snagging the ball and firing it to first to get the out. Throwing only 31 pitches, it was an excellent performance all around.
The Blue Jays defense looked sharp early. Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney turned a slick double play behind Roberto Osuna in the top of the third. Gregorio Petit would also start another double play in the third. Darwin Barney would make the turn, putting the ball in the dirt, but Justin Smoak made an excellent scoop to complete the second out.
Kevin Pillar had an excellent day at the plate, not only taking a walk (!!!) but also going 1 for 2 ripping a two-out double off the wall in the bottom of the 6th. A single from Bautista would send Pillar home, scoring the Jays only run of the game.
Rowdy Tellez continued to impress, stealing a base in the bottom of the fifth. He would also add a double down the leftfield line and a walk in his two plate appearances.
— Dusty (@DRed09) February 27, 2017
TJ House impressed in his appearance going two full innings, with only one baserunner (a single by Danny Ortiz) and striking out two. House was the only pitcher outside of Stroman with a WHIP under 1.
The relievers continued to struggle, starting with Aaron Loup. Loup allowed the first run of the game while giving up a double and walking two. The double Loup gave up lead off the inning followed by one of his walks to Gregory Polanco. The Pirates tandem would pull off a double steal putting both players in scoring position. A sac fly from John Jaso would bring in Polanco, however, after his second walk, Loup would escape with limited damage striking out Erick Weiss.
Ryan Tepera took his turn putting men on base, despite managing to escape his inning unscathed. Tepera went one inning giving up three singles (one to each of Jacob Stallings, Eury Perez, and Danny Ortiz).
Not to be outdone, Danny Barnes would give up the Pirates second run of the game. Barnes was a little more unlucky than his predecessors, as the run would score on only one hit. Following a leadoff double to Eric Wood, a ground out advanced Wood to third. Wood then would score on a balk call.
The Blue Jays offense as a whole was disappointing today, posting only one run on four hits.
News & Notes:
- Prior to the game, fans got good injury news on Josh Donaldson, who is making excellent progress, already taking cuts.
Josh Donaldson (calf) has made so much progress that he's started taking swings in the cage. "We anticipate no… https://t.co/933tDrFmQV
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) February 27, 2017
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