Toronto Blue Jays Highlights & Lowlights: Double Trouble

 

The Toronto Blue Jays wrapped up the series (and double header) against the St Louis Cardinals with their second loss of the day

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays dropped the first game of this double header in glorious fashion and looked to salvage the series against the Cardinals. In order to do so, they would send Casey Lawrence to the mound to battle against Adam Wainwright. As if that weren’t bleak-looking enough, they would also send a lineup that resembled Spring Training than that of a team looking to turn their fortunes around.

 

Toronto Blue Jays:  4 R,  9 H,  0 E
St Louis Cardinals:  6 R,  12 H,  0 E

 

Lineups:

Blue Jays

 

Cardinals

 

Highlights

 

The Blue Jays waited until the 5th inning to put a run on the board. Darwin Barney got himself in scoring position with a double to LF. Lawrence laid down a successful bunt to move him to third where Kevin Pillar picked himself up a single. That gave Toronto their first run of the game, which seemed futile at the time. Chris Coghlan stepped up right after that and hit himself a double of his own to put runners on second and third with one out.

 

Then, Kendrys Morales stepped up and stroked a 3 run shot to RF to bring the score to 6-4 and breathe some life into all those not watching the Raptors.

 

Lowlights

 

The first inning saw the Cardinals ride the momentum of their grand slam walk off as they got to Casey Lawrence for 3 runs off 4 hits and 21 pitches. Lawrence was around the strike zone the whole inning…a little too much. With no strike outs, it took the Cardinals quite a while to hit into their 3 outs. By the time they had, they’d had 3 runs on the board.

 

In the top of the 2nd inning, the Blue Jays managed to load the bases on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia walk, a Steve Pearce single and a Darwin Barney single. And, as luck would have it, the next batter was Lawrence himself. He hit a little nubber back to the pitcher, which went to home to record the force out of Salty. The throw went to first and Lawrence managed to beat it out. It was reviewed and the call stood. It was a very close play and the review took a while. That left the bases loaded, but with 2 outs. Kevin Pillar would fly out to end the threat with nothing to show for it. A walk, 2 singles, a fielder’s choice and not a run scored.

 

The bottom of the 2nd saw Dexter Fowler remind Blue Jays fans why they wanted him in Toronto. He launched a solo shot to bring the score to 4-0.

 

The third inning saw more of the same from Lawrence. He gave up a walk to Stephen Piscotty, an RBI single to Matt Adams and another single to Kolten Wong. That brought the score to 5-0 Cardinals. Really, the issue for Lawrence became evident by the 3rd inning. He was not able to create enough separation between his fastball and his change up. Everything was very hittable. If not for poor base running that led to a Cardinals double play, the inning could have been worse.

 

Lawrence’s rough night would continue again in the 4th. He gave up 2 singles and a walk to load the bases. Piscotty would come to the plate looking to keep the beating going. He hit a grounder to short stop and hustled down the line to beat out the double play and bring Adam Wainwright home to bring the score to 6-0. He would leave the game after 5 innings with his team down 6-4. His line: 5 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, K, HR, 96 pitches.

 

Aaron Loup would relieve Lawrence, in the loose sense of the word. He didn’t make it very relieving in the bottom of the 6th as he gave up 3 walks in the inning. It looked as though he couldn’t find the strike zone without Google Maps. While it was tense, Loup would end the inning by striking out pinch hitter, Jedd Gyorko, without allowing a run. He bent, but he did not break.

 

Danny Barnes came on in the 8th inning and gave up two hard hit singles, the runners would advance on the throw from Ezequiel Carrera in right to third, which put runners on first and second with no one out. But, some solid defense by Morales and Bautista saved runs.

 

Noteworthy

 

  • After coming on to pinch hit in the 7th inning, Jose Bautista entered the game defensively at third base for the first time since 2013.

 

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Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.

Shaun Doyle

Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.