Game Thread: San Francisco Giants (23-16) @ Toronto Blue Jays (16-24)

Mar 5, 2013; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Emilio Bonifacio (1) singles on a bunt against the Baltimore Orioles during the bottom of the first inning of a spring training game at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome one and all to another edition of the Jays Journal game thread!

We’re back with you for round two between the San Francisco Giants and the Toronto Blue Jays, and we’re coming off of another winning note, as the Blue Jays won Tuesday night’s game 10-6. And what a win it was, with Toronto banging out 18 hits in the game and going 8 for 17 with runners in scoring position. Staff ace R.A. Dickey put together a solid night, striking out 10 over 6 innings of work.

The game was not nearly as close as the score indicated, as San Francisco struggled to get anything going until Brad Lincoln came in and surrendered 4 runs over 1.2 innings. Something tells me Mr. Lincoln and his 6.52 ERA and his 7.4 BB/9 ratio would not be long for this roster if it were not for the prolonged absence of Sergio Santos.

Tonight’s match-up has a little bit of spin to it, as Ramon Ortiz is getting the start in place of Brandon Morrow, who again was pushed back, this time to Saturday. Ortiz was, well, sufficient in his last outing, throwing 5 innings against the Red Sox and surrendering only 1 earned run despite walking 5 and giving up four hits in the process.

He’ll be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong, who seems to have the magic powder wearing off his fairy-tale return. After 7 starts, Vogelsong has a 1-3 record with a 7.78 ERA. His two starts in May have been horrific, with the right-hander being ousted before the fifth inning in each start after surrendering 7 earned runs and 6 earned runs against the Dodgers and the Braves respectively.

Here are tonight’s starting line-ups, courtesy of the Blue Jays and Giants respective Twitter accounts.

Blue Jays Line-up:

Giants Line-up:

And while we’re plugging away on Twitter, perhaps some news and notes about the Blue Jays while we’re at it.

Here’s a shot of the J.P. Arencibia bobblehead for July the 7th…

The Griff let’s us know that Emilio Bonifacio is working on his bunting this afternoon, which comes with a loud echo of “DUHHH” from those in the Blue Jays fan base.

Alright, see you all around game time!

Topics: Toronto Blue Jays

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  • Justin Jay

    Game on! Well… not yet

  • Justin Jay

    If Adam Lind starts to figure it out, the line-up gets VERY dangerous

    • Travis Bateman

      I’m just imagining Melky/Bautista/EE swinging like this with Jose Reyes setting the table!

      • Justin Jay

        These bats can’t stay dead forever. Eventually the switch is going to flip ON

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Well, there’s a thought isn’t it!

      • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

        bateman if i could vote that thought up like +10 i would… if they all play to their potential at the same time rest of the league doesn’t stand a chance

  • Kyle Franzoni

    It strikes me that you don’t want to tempt the Hulk..errr..Brett Lawrie by intentionally plunking him.

  • Travis Bateman

    Well this is fun

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Jays seem content with 10 runs. Still, fun to see the bats doing something.

      Want to know what will make it more fun? If Gaudin is still pitching in the sixth and Lawrie accidentally lets the bat go.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    I love how Ortiz is following every flyball with his finger to the sky.

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    missed the game but seems the baseball gods have been on their side the last couple of games… making up for all that early bad luck and bad bounces