The Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up their two-game epic on Wednesday night with a 2-0 Brewers win for the mini-sweep.
Okay, so they’re 1-6 to start the season. As Elite Blue Jays Troller JP Morosi points out, that’s not very good:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 12, 2017
If you’re going to go 1-6 at any point, April is probably the best time to do so. Anyways, on to Wednesday night’s game.
Brewers 2 R 7 H 0 E
Blue Jays 0 R 4H 0 E
Blue Jays featuring Josh Donaldson:
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) April 12, 2017
Beermakers featuring Eric Thames:
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 12, 2017
Kendrys Morales proved he can handle light duty at first base immediately, handing a pair of ground outs to Tulowitzki with ease and, albeit slowly, taking an ground ball unassisted and winning a foot race (90 feet versus 20 feet) against Ryan Braun. Later, he made a nice tag on a throw that carried him off the base and a scoop on a short hop from Darwin Barney to save a run in the sixth. For the amount of time the Jays will need to use them at first, he’ll probably be just fine.
Marcus Stroman cruised through five innings, working in a beauty of a sinker, getting ground balls, and even a bunch of strike outs. He limited hard contact in those innings before facing the lineup the third time through. The third time through the Brewers lineup didn’t go as well for Stroman, who served up a long home run to Jonathan Villar and a double to old friend Eric Thames. He snapped back into action after that, though, tossing two perfect innings to cap his night at: 9 IP, 7 H, 1 HR, 1 BB and 4 K. That’s right, a complete game…loss.
And that’s about it.
You could say the Blue Jays were beating a dead horse, but they’d probably swing and miss. There’s simply too much swing-and-miss on thsi team right now, as evidenced by their eight strikeouts. Chase Anderson and his 7.1 K/9 was perfect against the Jays for 3 1/3 innings, striking out three before they even had a baserunner. Toronto finally got something going in the bottom of the fourth with a hit and a pair of walks, but Russell Martin quickly struck out to quell the threat, albeit on a questionable call:
There's the called third strike to Russ Martin. pic.twitter.com/aMyl4SU9sH
— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) April 13, 2017
The Blue Jays wouldn’t threaten to score for the rest of the game.
Of course, credit should be given to Brewers started Chase Anderson, who was simply excellent, working in a big 12-6 curve, an impeccably commanded cutter, and a change-up that the Jays “gauntlet” rolled over all night long. I blame whoever it was that tweeted “Let’s Chase Anderson out of the game early, Blue Jays.” Winners don’t use puns.
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is doing terrible things to baseballs at Single-A Lansing. That is, when he’s not indifferently taking his low-effort trips to first base. After today’s game versus Bowling Green, Guerrero is hitting .364 with a pair of HR and four RBI.
- Chris Coghlan is already providing value at Triple-A Buffalo, slashing 313/450/438. It shouldn’t be long before he’s brought up to round out the Blue Jays bench, but…it probably will be.
- Despite the brutal start to the season, the Blue Jays will, at worst, be 4.5 games out of first place on Thursday. Doesn’t seem too insurmountable with 155 games left to go, with most of them coming against the AL East.
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