June 9th, 2014
After the off-day, last Monday, the Jays had to face the Detroit Tigers on their turf, and in the first game Drew Hutchison and Anibal Sanchez were very sharp over the first eight innings.
Then, it was a battle between relievers and the Jays jumped on Joe Nathan for five runs in the top of the ninth inning as Brett Lawrie hit a three-run shot.
Nevertheless, the Jays had to call upon Casey Janssen to preserve their 5-3 win since Steve Delabar gave up two walks and a three-run homer.
In the second game, R.A. Dickey was handed the win, but I’m sure that if he could do it he would give it to Aaron Loup. The yound lefthander came in the sixth inning with a 3-2 lead… the Tigers had loaded the bases with nobody out!
Loup retired the next three Tigers without giving up a single run.
Melky Cabrera. Jose Bautista and Adam Lind lead the attack as the Jays recorded their 18th win (8-2) in their last 22 games. Cabrera got three hits, including his 10th homer, and drove in two runs while Cabrera also chipped in three hits and two rbis. Lind drove in three more with two doubles.
The next day, the Jays completed the sweep as the beat the Central division leading Tigers 7-3, for theit fifth consecutive victory.
J.A. Happ won for the fifth time this season, allowing only three runs over the first six innings and Janssen came in to get the last out and record his 11th save.
Justin Verlander took the loss as Juan Francisco and Brett Lawrie hit back-to-back jacks to break a 3-3 tie. Cabrera also hit his 10th homer of the season, a solo shot in the last inning.
Then, the Jays came back home to face the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rookie Marcus Stroman was impressive as he gave up only one run on seven hits and two walks for his third major league win while striking out seven Cards.
The Jays took a 2-1 lead as Bautista hit his 15th homerun of the season and Brett Lawrie hit his 11th, tying his personal best.
Jose Reyes sealed the win, driving in another run in the eight inning.
The 3-1 win could have been a much easier affair. In the sixth inning, Bautista stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and nobody out.
« Joey Bats » hit a scorcher to second baseman Daniel Descalso and the Cards were on their way to execute their first triple play since Mays 2005. It was, also, the seventh time in their history that the Jays had hit into a triple-play.
Once Stroman left the mound, relievers Brett Cecil, Dustin McGowan and Janssen allowed only one runner over the last three innings and the Jays had their sixth win in a row.
But on Saturday, the Jays forgot their bats in their dressing room and they were shutout only for the second time this season. They got only three hits off Shelby Miller.
So, Mark Buehrle suffered his second loss of the year even if he allowed only one run on Randall Grichick first homer.
Aaron Loup, so reliable over the last three weeks, had his worst outing of the season, giving up four runs in less than one inning of work.
And on Sunday, Drew Hutchison’ s Rogers Centre blues were one more time evident, as the Cards got to him for five runs during the first three innings.
Is he Dr Jekill and Mr Hyde… when he starts a game away from the Rogers Centre, Hutchison has an outstanding 2,03 era while at home, his era has ballooned to 8.72 !
The Jays were shutout for the second consecutive game, as they could get only four hits.
The Jays are still in first place… but they can’t hope that the other teams in their division will always loose when they do.