Toronto Blue Jays Highlights & Lowlights: Carrasco Shuts it Down

 

The Toronto Blue Jays Would Get A Great Effort From Their Pitching Staff, But The Bats Couldn’t Beat Carlos Carrasco on the Way to A Loss

 

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Following a big win against Cleveland Monday, the Toronto Blue Jays entered tonight in search of their third straight win for only the second time this season, and their second straight series victory. In order to do so, the Jays would be forced to dig deep into their depth due to the injury issues this year. As a result, Mike Bolsinger would continue his journey, getting his first start as a Toronto Blue Jay. It wouldn’t be easy, however, against a potent Indians offense, and the dominant righty, Carlos Carrasco (3-2, 2.18 ERA).

 

 

Blue Jays:  0 R  4 H  0 E

Cleveland:  6 R  7 H  0 E

 

Lineups

 

Toronto Blue Jays:

 

 

Cleveland:

 

 

Highlights

The second inning excluded, the Toronto Bue Jays would get a great outing from Mike Bolsinger. The right-hander went 5.2 innings giving up only 2 ER on 3 hits. His only struggles came on giving up more walks than the team would like to see (four). That being said, you take a start like that out of your fifth pitcher any day.

 

Beleaguered reliever Jason Grilli did get himself a little redemption tonight by striking out Edwin Encarnacion to end a Cleveland rally in the seventh. The veteran has been struggling of late, but did have enough in the tank to take care of business in his 1/3 of an inning.

 

 

 

Lowlights

Despite an overall good game, Bolsinger struggled with his command in the second inning. Missing the zone led to a poor inning (and even being squeezed a bit) led to an inning that saw the Indians plate two runs on two walks and only one hit.

 

The seventh inning gave Cleveland an opportunity to extend their lead to 3-0 when J.P. Howell came into the game with one on, and one out. Howell would proceed to walk the first hitter, Carlos Santana, then give up a run-scoring double to Francisco Lindor on the first pitch of the at-bat.

 

Despite getting a double-play to clear the bases, lefty, Aaron Loup, found himself in trouble in the eighth. Things unraveled for him when he hit Brandon Guyer with a pitch, then allowed a single to Abraham Almonte. A chance to still get out of the inning went to the wayside quickly when Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes launched a first pitch fastball over the left-field wall for a 6-0 Indians lead.

 


News and Notes:

In order to make room for Bolsinger, the Jays would have to make room on both the 25 man and the 40 man roster. Recently acquired Neil Ramirez would be a casualty of the the crowded DL, and wouldn’t even get to throw a pitch for the Blue Jays.

 

 

Delving into the DL, Troy Tulowitzki continued to get closer and closer to rejoining the Blue Jays active roster. Dad is on the way!

 

Tulo’s BP also included a couple promising events:

More good news on the injury front as well in regards to one of the Jays missing starters.

 

Mike Ohlman would also get his first start in the show This year, Bolsinger had experience with both Ohlman and Maile. With Maile being with the big club since the Salty DFA, however, Bolsinger had more recent starts with Ohlman. Ohmaln also has the potential to bring some pop.

 

 

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A group benefits consultant by day, Dustin is sports fanatic who loves talking sports more than anything. A self-glossed stats geek, he loves diving into the numbers behind the game. A proud father of 2 amazing kids, Dustin was born in Calgary, and now lives in Morinville.

Dustin Reddon

A group benefits consultant by day, Dustin is sports fanatic who loves talking sports more than anything. A self-glossed stats geek, he loves diving into the numbers behind the game. A proud father of 2 amazing kids, Dustin was born in Calgary, and now lives in Morinville.