Toronto Blue Jays Game Notes: Lazy Sunday, Quiet Bats

 

The Toronto Blue Jays took the whole ‘Lazy Sunday’ thing too far as their bats were silent against the Pirates in Spring Training action.

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday afternoon for some Spring Training action. And, it was rather uneventful for the home team. They couldn’t manage much of anything offensively. It was a rough start for Joe Biagini, one that would have been less difficult to take had the bats been able to help him out at all.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates:  5 R,  8 H,  2 E
Toronto Blue Jays:  0 R,  5 H,  0 E

 

 

 

Blue Jays Lineup:

Devon Travis 2B (0-3)- Travis made a lot of weak contact today and had nothing to show for his plate work. He was solid in the field, though. On one play, he had to dive to his left for a grounder, which caused some of us to hold out breath. He stayed in the game and showed no signs of ill effects from the dive. His day was done in the 7th as Tim Lopes took over at second base.

 

Yangervis Solarte 3B (0-3)- Solarte also had a quiet day at the plate in the second spot in the lineup. He made a nice play in the field early on as he was playing in very short right field (or is it deep second?) as part of a shift. The third baseman didn’t have much else to report from his day.

 

Kevin Pillar CF (1-2)- Pillar continued his free swinging ways by seeing very few pitches this afternoon. He managed to pick up a single for his efforts, but didn’t see much else from his bat. Before he hit his single, he struck a well hit ball foul. He did hit the ball hard, when he made contact. He was lifted in the 6th and Anthony Alford came into the game and took right field as Fields moved to center.

 

Justin Smoak 1B (0-2)- Smoak continued a rather quiet spring without a hit to show for his day. In his last at bat, it sounded like he had a home run off the bat, but it died in right field. Smoak is hitting .143 this spring. Jason Leblebijian took over for him in the 6th.

 

Kendrys Morales DH (0-3, K)- Morales is hitting .207 on the spring and did nothing to help himself on Sunday. He went hitless with a strike out.

 

Teoscar Hernandez LF reached on his first at bat thanks to a short hop error by the third baseman. On the next pitch, he started the hit and run and it worked! He picked up a walk in today’s game, which was a surprising bit of patience on his part. He would end the day with two official at bats and a hit, which was a dribbler in the 7th. He was lifted for Jonathan Davis.

 

Aledmys Diaz SS (1-2)-  Diaz shot a single to right field in his first at bat as the ‘hit’ part of the hit and run. His single was his only hit in two at bats as he gave way to Richard Urena. Defensively, he held his own and looked solid at shortstop.

 

Reese McGuire C (0-2)- McGuire seemed rather comfortable behind the plate calling a good game for his starter, even if he had a bit of trouble holding on to offerings in the dirt. He went hitless in two at bats with a strike out. He was lifted for Danny Jansen in the 6th inning.

 

Roemon Fields RF (0-3, K)- Like everyone else, Fields had a quiet day at the plate. He was most impressive in the outfield as he showed off just how much ground he can cover. First playing in right field, then in center, it is great to see just how many flyballs this guy can get to.

 

Starter:

Joe Biagini (1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR) allowed an early run off a bloop single that made its way to third on a grounder into the shift. A sac fly scored the run. It was an inning of bad contact, but good stuff from Biagini. He had his curveball working rather nicely through the first two innings. His fastball sat around 93 mph and one of them went for an RBI triple in the 2nd. He gave up a home run in the at bat after that. It was a long inning for him as he would allow another home run and 5 total runs.

 

Bullpen:

Jose Fernandez (1.1 IP, 2 H) would come on and relieve Biagini. He gave up a couple of ground ball hits and was helped out by a diving play by Smoak and a long run in right field by Fields. Just over an inning of work and no runs allowed can be classified as a good outing.

 

Danny Barnes (1 IP, 2 K) came on in the 4th inning and had a clean inning, striking out 2 and effectively working his change up.

 

In the 5th Luis Santos (2.0 IP, 2 K) came on and hit the first batter he saw with an offspeed pitch. He erased any damage with a double play and a strike out. He would go on to provide two innings of scoreless ball.

 

Matt Dermody ( 1 IP, H) came on in the 7th inning and gave up a hit and not much else. Deck McGuire (1 IP, H, BB), making his second go ’round with the Blue Jays tossed around a walk and a hit in the top of the 8th inning. 6′ 2″ 25 yr old, Justin Shafer came on in the 9th and got two quick outs then a walk before striking out the fourth batter he faced. Shafer made appeared in AAA Buffalo for a couple of games in 2017, but spent the bulk of his time in AA.

 

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Player of the Game:

It would be unconscionable to give this nod to any hitter, so we’ll go with Luis Santos for this one. He pitched two scoreless innings and picked up two strike outs. It was the bets showing of the day, even if that isn’t saying a whole lot.

 

Up Next:

For those who have MLB.TV, the Blue Jays will take on the Boston Red Sox, who will send righty Hector Velazquez to the mound.

 

 

 

 

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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.