Apr 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) rounds second base after hitting a home run during the first inning in a game against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Game 6 Thread: Toronto Blue Jays (2-3) vs New York Yankees (2-2)

 

Apr 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) rounds second base after hitting a home run during the first inning in a game against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

A excitement surrounded the home opener for the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night, including Roy Halladay throwing out the first pitch and Masahiro Tanaka making his Major League debut. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays were not able to tap into that excitement and dropped the game to the Yankees by a 7-3 score.

It was a shaky start for Dustin McGowan, his first in nearly over 3 years. The right-hander lasted just 2.2 inning on the night, needing 72 pitches in the process. Overall, he surrendered 8 hits and 4 runs while walking 1 and striking out 3. However, there appeared to be a reason for his struggles, as Mark Mulder indicated on Twitter last night.

 

The Jays did their best early to keep themselves in the game, getting to Tanaka in both of the first two innings and holding a 3-2 lead after two. However, the Japanese import would settle down and get through 7 innings with 8 strike-outs on the night, showing his poise and value in his first start.

Well, Saturday is another day and the Toronto Blue Jays will try to rebound and return to the land of .500 records at 1:07pm with another match-up against the Yankees.

Toronto Blue Jays Lineup:

Melky Cabrera LF
Colby Rasmus CF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
Brett Lawrie 3B
Josh Thole C
Ryan Goins 2B
Jonathan Diaz SS

R.A. Dickey P

New York Yankees Lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann DH
Alfonso Soriano LF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Dean Anna 2B

Michael Pineda P

Of Note:

- Maicer Izturis is again on the bench for today’s game, despite swinging the hot bat. With a bottom three featuring Thole, Goins, and Diaz, the Blue Jays would have been well served to get Izturis’ bat into the mix to break that string of pitchers weak bats up.

- Colby Rasmus has struck out 8 times in 5 games against 1 hit and 2 walks. Seems to be the logical choice to keep batting in the two hole (insert sarcastic tone here).

- R.A. Dickey is 5-3 with a 2.88 ERA and a 7.0 K/9 ratio against the New York Yankees over the course of his career. He went 2-2 with a 2.54 ERA and a 8.6 K/9 ratio against the Bombers in 2013.

- This is the first start at the Major League level for Michael Pineda since 2011 when he finished 5th in the Rookie of the Year voting and was an All-Star for the Seattle Mariners. Since being acquired in the big Jesus Montero trade prior to the 2012 season, the 25-year-old has dealt with various shoulder issues, including a labrum tear. He’s faced Toronto three times in his career, holding a 1-0 record, but a 5.30 ERA and has surrendered 18 hits and 4 home runs to Blue Jays batters in 18.1 innings of work.

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  • Kyle Franzoni

    Derek Jeter is in the line-up today and Mark Texeira hits the DL for the Yankees. For Blue Jays, Marcus Walden gets the call-up before the game. Will be in the pen in place of Jeremy Jeffress who was designated for assignment after last night’s game.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Still can’t get used to seeing Jacoby Ellsbury in a Yankee uniform. Where’s Adrian Beltre when you need him?

    • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

      I’m having trouble getting used to seeing Ellsbury NOT on the DL.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Great start by R.A. Dickey, a pop-up and two weak grounders to get the Yankees in order on 12 pitches.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    A year ago, Melky doesn’t even have a chance of beating that thrown out. A totally different ballplayer this year.

    • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

      And Jeter is getting older.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Another K for Colby. Getting killed on breaking balls this year.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      It’s worth noting thought that Rasmus struck out 10 times in first 6 games of 2013 and has the second best year of his career when his swing leveled out.

      • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

        I don’t like him second though… Bautista should be moved up to the 2-hole (his wRC+ was over 200 batting second last year) and Colby should be moved back to fifth. Gibby seems to be a slow starter when it comes to managing too but, like Colby, after the first month or so, he levels out.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Jays squander a lead-off single from Cabrera, tied at 0 after 1.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Dickey with another strong inning. 6 outs on 26 pitches now.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Goins redeems himself for messing up the hit and run with a double to left field… too bad Thole wasn’t still on base.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Jays score one on a double by Lind and a bloop RBI single by Josh Thole. 1-0 Blue Jays after 2.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Did Dickey get a haircut? I guess the mullet was bad luck.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Changed his intro music as well. Coming out to Game Of Throne this year.

      • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

        I’m still waiting for Lawrie to start coming out to Sir Mix-A-Lot

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Colby Rasmus just redeemed himself with the great throw from center field to nail Cervelli at the plate.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      They are reviewing the play at the plate, but can they review if he was blocking the plate?

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Blue Jays win the review. Inning over.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Jays go quietly in the third. Pineda at 49 pitches after the inning. Toronto leads 1-0.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Dickey with another 1-2-3 inning, a pair of strike-outs of Jeter and McCann and we head to the bottom of the fourth.

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Aftet that reviewed play at the plate:
    My 7yr old: “Umpires are TERRIBLE”
    Me: “Why?”
    Son:”Remember what they did to George Brett?!”

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Wow, got some old school clips going on at the Doyle household? Live the Pine Tar clip, Brett loses his mind.

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        Luckily my son can’t read lips.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      haha that is awesome

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Pineda has another efficient inning, setting the Jays down in order. Still 1-0 after 4 innings.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      I hate when the Jays go down on 10 or fewer pitches

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Lawrie is never going to see many pitches, but when he’s throwing strikes, it’s hard to make him work.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Best part about watching the game on MLB.TV – don’t have to listen to Gregg Zaun.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Bingo, and if you want, you don’t have to listen to Buck either.

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        I’m thinking it might actually be worth the $ just for that. They drive me. ….

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    That was a weird looking delivery by Dickey on the HBP

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Dropped down to the side and then left the pitch there. Comes back to get Anna though to end the inning.

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    I know the turf is crap but I do like the effect when a player or ball slides across it.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Looks like it is splashing water up. Weird to me.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      It looks like that FoxTrax thing they used to have for hockey where it tracked the puck

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        Ok. Now I like it less.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Dickey feeling the knuckleball today… ranging from 66-80 MPH

    • Kyle Franzoni

      The dance on it has been filthy too. He froze Beltran on one earlier that was simply disgusting.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Who said Jonathan Diaz couldn’t hit? He’s looked okay so far..

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Definitely making the most out of this cup of coffee.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Did Buck just say, “Ellsbury with a lead-off stinkle?”

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    This is where Dickey started to get into trouble last year… should be interesting to see how long Gibby gives him.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Big double-play there by R.A. Dickey. Ellsbury moves to third, but two outs change complexion of the inning.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Great recovery by Dickey to get out of the jam and out of the inning unscathed.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Blue Jays offense is sputtering…

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Well, Cervelli has Dickey’s number today.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Dickey done for the day. 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 108 pitches. Really like the call of going to the bullpen, Dickey allowed far too many late inning HRs last year.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Aaron Loup in for the Jays.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Loup gets Roberts on a pop-up after hitting Solarte. Jays get out of another inning. 1-0 at the stretch. Time for me to reboot my MLB tv.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Kratz now on to hit for Josh Thole, looking to give the Jays some offense late in this game and give them a cushion to protect.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      I think it also helps them on defense while leaving an extra catcher on the bench in case of emergency.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Goins lack of plate discipline can be hard to watch at times

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Jeter gets an early retirement gift with a generous call

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    If the Blue Jays win, it might have to come from a by-committee shutout.. Santos in for Cecil.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Kind of the reverse we saw the other night when Santos got into trouble. Hopefully we get the same results.

      • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

        So far so good… not sure if they are going to try for a four-out save with Santos or try to finish with Delabar, who hasn’t looked great early.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Santos bails out Cecil and holds the lead at one by striking out Soriano to end the top of the 8th. Jays need to score a run to add some cushion to the lead.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      There it is!!!!!!!! Melkman AGAIN!!!

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Melky with the bomb, his second in two days, gives Blue Jays 2-0 lead.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Rasmus follows with the double. Good to see him get something out of this game.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        This is getting great. Bautista takes a hanging curve out for a two-run shot. 4-0 Jays.

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          BRAP!

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Colby on his horse makes a great play in center

  • Kyle Franzoni

    And that’s the game. Santos ends it with a K of Ellsbury. Jays return to .500 with shut-out win.