Buehrle dominated by pitching into the eighth inning for the first time this year. He held the Red Sox to a meager five hits and allowed only two walks. He kept the ball low and had Boston’s bats guessing all afternoon. Hopefully performances like become more the norm after a very shaky start to the season.
Clay Buchholz started off the game strong before the Blue Jays got to him in the second inning. Colby Rasmus walked on four straight pitches to open the frame and Munenori Kawasaki moved Rasmus up to second on more of a bunt for a base hit attempt than a straight sacrifice. Kawasaki was thrown out on a close play at first but the next batter Melky Cabrera singled with two outs to open the scoring with an early 1-0 Blue Jays lead.
Fellow staff writer Jay Blue started his Toronto chant at this point in the game:
— Blue Jays from Away (@JaysFromAway) May 11, 2013
Buccholz continued to pitch well but the Jays tacked on another run off him in the fourth when Rasmus singled home Adam Lind. After that, Buehrle flat-out dominated setting down thirteen Red Sox hitters in a row before he allowed a walk to open up the eighth inning. Darren Oliver who has pitched well of late came into the game to try to hold the lead but promptly allowed a Jacoby Ellsbury triple to score David Ross and the Jays were left with the desperate situation of a man on third with no out.
The blue birds almost got out of it but with the infield playing in Kawasaki couldn’t handle a sharply hit ground ball and was charged with the error as Ellsbury scores to tie the game at two. Another costly mistake by the Jays infield, they played great defense earlier but unfortunately it left the game with Buehrle.
#BlueJays defense left the game with Buehrle
— Michael Wray (@Wrayzerblade) May 11, 2013
In the top of the ninth, Junichi Tazawa relieved Buchholz to try to take this game into the bottom of the ninth with the score tied. Lind quickly let’s everyone knows what he think of that idea blasting a solo shot to centerfield to give the Jays a 3-2 lead. The comeback kids are back at it!
Casey Janssen entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with his save streak on the line but was quickly victimized by more bad Blue Jays defense when Cabrera unwisely dives for a ball he should have just tried to keep in front of him. The lead off double looks disastrous but Janssen works out of the mess setting down the next three batters and stranding the tying run at second to give the Blue Jays the nerve-racking win. This is why he’s quickly becoming many Blue Jays fans favourite player – Janssen is simply lights out.
What I love about Janssen is that he lives in the strike-zone and hitters still can’t square him up.
— Jays Journal (@JaysJournal) May 11, 2013
The LIVE Game Thread had some tech issues today but make sure to check updates from the May 11 Edition.
The Jays will try to close out a road series victory tomorrow before a day off on Monday as they prepare to host the World Series champions San Francisco Giants.