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Game Recap: Blue Jays Bats Explode Against New York Yankees

After a shaky start by R.A. Dickey the Toronto Blue Jays’ bats explode for an 8 run 5th inning.

Blue Jays- 10    Yankees- 6

W: Brett Cecil    L: Preston Claiborne

R.A. Dickey‘s final start to the spring was designed to simply give him some work. He has already reached 100 pitches twice this spring, so stretching him out was not the goal. He took the mound to pitch a couple innings and get out. So, if you’re looking for Dickey to give you some warm, fuzzy feelings about Blue Jays pitching heading into the season, you might want to look away. His line is not going to inspire you. In 3 innings of work, Dickey gave up 7 hits, 6 earned runs including 4 walks. It is a good thing the results weren’t the focus of today’s outing.

After Dickey’s day was done, so was the Yankee hitters’. Steve Delabar, Brett Cecil (sporting a fresh mohawk), Aaron Loup, Aaron Sanchez, Ryan Tepara and Bobby Korecky all combined to keep the Yankees scoreless the rest of the way.

The real story to this game was the hit parade that took place in the fifth inning. Most of the damage was done to Preston Claiborne as he was responsible for 6 of the 8 runs. It all started with a double by Ryan Goins. Melky Cabrera drove him in as part of his 3 hit day. The hits, and a walk by Colby Rasmus (!) kept on coming! Jose Bautista showed signs of a great approach to the season by going the opposite way through the Yankees’ offensive switch. It was nice to see. Hopefully, that will continue this season. In total today, Blue Jays hitters combined for 14 hits. Bautista, Adam Lind, Maicer Izturis and Brett Lawrie all chipped in 2 hits each. Lawrie hit his first home run of the spring to left field.

For Blue Jays fans, this offensive outburst will be a welcome sight. With some doubt surrounding the starting rotation, the offense will be leaned on to carry the team at times. If we learned anything from today, it is that that should not be a problem.

OF NOTE: There was a scary moment when Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a pitch. It looked as though it may have hit him in the wrist. But, it was the inside of his right forearm. He exited the game giving a thumbs up and seemed as though it was no big deal. Let’s hope.

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  • Withershin

    I thought last year that Lawrie needs about 10 vertical feet to his hits to be a home run producer. Here’s hoping he found that tiny bit more this year.

  • RyanMueller

    Hey Shaun,
    What are your feeling about RA even getting a start against the very same team that will see him on opening day? I know that some managers don’t like letting the team they are going to face in the opening series preview their starters stuff. What are your thoughts on this??? Maybe RA just went up there not intending on showing his good stuff….maybe.

    • Shaun Doyle

      I thought about that. But, considering his comments after, he didn’t seem concerned at all. Maybe it is just me, but it sounded almost like he didn’t even care if he pitched at all. Maybe I’m reading too much into it. Anyway, there were only a few regulars in the Yankee lineup. I’m not sure where I stand on this “don’t let them see your pitcher” thing. Is RA that consistent that it would behoove the Jays to hide him? He’ll be in the dome too. It’ll been different there. Maybe I should stop trying to figure out the thought process of Blue Jays management.

      • RyanMueller

        This spring has really been a funny one. The only player movement that came as a surprise was happ and McGowan flipping spots and Hutchinson fetting a starting spot. Other than that management went with guys how are out of options to fill this team and not how they performed.

        • Shaun Doyle

          This spring, yes there hasn’t been much shock and awe. It’s funny how even though there isn’t always a list off maybes, things always seem to shake down. There rotation pretty much did that. It kinda off took care off itself. Part off mess wonders what “the best team north” would actually look like. Not that much different. Maybe without Izturis.