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Game Thread: Toronto Blue Jays (4-4) vs. Houston Astros (3-5)


Tonight the Toronto Blue Jays will once again try to climb above .500 for the first time since June 26, 2013 and have a pretty good chance in doing so as they take on the Houston Astros and right-handed starter Lucas Harrell.

Harrell, 28, struggled with control in 2013 and had nearly as many walks (88) as he did strikeouts (89). He gave up five earned runs in three innings his last time out against the Angels with three strikeouts and three walks.

Brandon Morrow takes the hill for the Blue Jays and will be looking to improve on his first start of the season. Morrow battled through five innings against the Rays on April 3 and only had two swinging strikes. Hopefully against a bit lesser opponent he’ll have a few more swings and misses tonight.

Melky Cabrera continues to swing a white-hot bat and currently is tied with Jose Bautista for the American League lead in home runs. Maicer Izturis is back in the two-hole after yesterday’s experiment with Adam Lind batting second against a lefty with reverse splits.

Toronto Blue Jays Lineup:

Melky Cabrera LF
Maicer Izturis 2B
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
Dioner Navarro C
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Ryan Goins SS

Brandon Morrow P

Houston Astros Lineup:

Dexter Fowler CF
Alex Presley RF
Jason Castro C
Jose Altuve 2B
Chris Carter DH
Marc Krauss 1B
Matt Dominguez 3B
Robbie Grossman LF
Jonathan Villar SS

Lucas Harrell P

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  • Kevin

    If we win this one, I think we can get our first sweep of the season! This is gonna be a good game, and on ESPN 2 for those of us who are usually watching online. Go Morrow!

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Nice!

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Two swinging strikeouts already by Morrow I love it!

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Morrow popping 98 MPH on the gun?

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    What a start by Morrow… K’s the side in the first, all three swinging

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

    I LOVE when Bautista goes the other way!

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      He must have been reading your comments here after the game yesterday… you are his Kevin Seitzer!

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

        Don’t tell Buck. He’ll be saying it every other inning….wait, tell him. Good publicity.

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          haha Buck ruins everything

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Jays destroying the shift

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Izturis stays hot with his ninth base hit of the season, Bautista goes opposite field to drive home Maicer from first with a double.

    • Paul Miller

      Is it time for Izturis to start at 2B going forward?

      • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

        I think it might be…

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Navarro stoic on the third called strike… thing of beauty

    • Gary Kimbrel

      this strike zone though

      • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

        consistent at least

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

        Not as bad as last night…..

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          for the season @james_in_to tweeted they are -32 when it comes to blown calls going their way… -8 last night alone

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

            sounds about right

      • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

        Ok maybe Jays getting hosed a bit… couple were a bit too generous

        • Gary Kimbrel

          It’s helping Morrow a bit too.

          Edit: but that last out was all him!

          • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

            yeah the two down and away really from Harrell really stand out but Morrow is getting some leeway on the outside edge, which is where both guys are working for the most points so I don’t mind the calls too much.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Jays win 7-3