Apr 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (7) before the game against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Live Game Thread 18 – Toronto Blue Jays (9-8) at Cleveland Indians (7-9)


Sergio Santos did everything he could to once again make the game interesting, but instead, the Toronto Blue Jays managed to squirm away with away with a 3-2 victory against the Cleveland Indians last night.

Both Drew Hutchison and Justin Masterson were outstanding on another cool evening, but it was the bullpens which eventually decided the game when Munenori Kawasaki delivered RBI singles off of Marc Rzepczynski in the top of the seventh for the deciding factor.

Unfortunately, due to Hutchison’s short outing, and the struggles of the night before, Toronto will be very short in regards to bullpen arms on Saturday, as noted by Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.

 

 

 

The good news for Toronto is that they have Mark Buehrle on the mound to start the game. The erstwhile veteran has been nothing short of outstanding through his first three starts, where he is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA, a 1.98 FIP, a 6.9 K/9, and has lasted an average of 7 innings a start. Having someone on the mound who can pitch late into the game will be key for a team short on bullpen arms.

Toronto Blue Jays Starting Line-up

Jose Reyes – SS
Melky Cabrera – LF
Jose Bautista – RF
Edwin Encarnacion – 1B
Dioner Navarro – C
Colby Rasmus – CF
Brett Lawrie – 3B
Juan Francisco – DH
Ryan Goins – 2B

Mark Buehrle – SP

Cleveland Indians Starting Line-up

Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
Nick Swisher – 1B
Jason Kipnis – 2B
Carlos Santana – DH
Ryan Raburn – LF
Michael Brantley – CF
Yan Gomes – C
David Murphy – RF
Mike Aviles – 3B

Corey Kluber – SP

The Blue Jays will have a couple of new faces in the line-up tonight. First, we get to see the return of Jose Reyes, who has been out with a hamstring injury since Opening Day. The jays will also get their first look at Juan Francisco, who is getting the call-up from Buffalo to replace Adam Lind who was placed on the DL with a sore back last night.

Go Blue Jays!

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  • Kyle Franzoni

    A one-out triple by Melky Cabrera gets followed by an RBI blooper by Jose Bautista gets the Blue Jays on the board in the first inning.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Navarro cashed Bautista from third by banging a one-hopper off of Nick Swisher at first base. Some rough fielding by the Indians in the first inning.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        2-0 Blue Jays heading to the bottom of the first inning.

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

    It took 17 games but the Jays finally have their intended defense

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Buehrle runs into a little bit of trouble thanks to a lead-off hit and a HBP, but he gets a pitcher’s best friend, the double-play ball, to get out of the jam.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    After a lead-off walk to Lawrie, a ground-out by Francisco and a fly-out by Goins moves Lawrie to 3rd, Reyes cashes him in with a single up the middle. 3-0 Jays.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Buehrle getting into a bit of trouble with the bottom of the line-up. A two-out single to Gomes followed by a walk to Murphy and the Indians have two on.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Gets out of it unscathed though, as Aviles lifts a fllyball to Bautista to end it. Still 3-0 Toronto after two.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Nothing doing for the Jays in the top of the third. Two fly-outs to RF and a weak grounder to second sets the Jays down in order.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Great play at deep short for Reyes. Good sign that his legs are in decent shape today.

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

    Buehrle looking a bit shaky. Around the strike zone. My fantasy team needs him to stay hot.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      As long as he isn’t giving up runs, you should be in the clear. No solid contact off of him yet.

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

        Just 3 hits. Couple walks. Some more Ks would be nice.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Buehrle keeps the Indians off-balance in the third, freezing Santana on an outside fastball to end the frame.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    A couple of infield hits for Juan Francisco and Ryan Goins and the Blue Jays have something going in the top of the 4th with two outs.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Reyes grounds out to Swisher down the line, ending the threat. Onto the bottom of the fourth.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    The way Buehrle fields on the mound never ceases to amaze me. Absolutely perfect.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      1-2-3 for Buehrle in the 4th. Cruising.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Lead-off double by Melky, followed by Bautista trying to….bunt?

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Bautista and Encarnacion ground-out before Navarro K’s. Melky standed at second.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Another double-play for Buehrle. Giving the jays and their beleaguerd pen exactly what they needed today.

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

    No reaction from Rasmus after striking out. #desensitized

  • Kyle Franzoni

    At 82 pitches, Buehrle could give the Jays 2 more innings with a quick one here.

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

      An easy nine more pitches. He’ll at least go one more.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      And like that, Buehrle needs only a few pitches to get through the 6th. Might actually have 2 innings left in him.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Big double for Encarnacion and the Blue Jays are rallying again with two-out. Bautista on third and Eddie on second with Navarro due up.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Navarro comes through again with the two-run single. 5-0 Blue Jays.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Rasmus looked absolutely horrible in that at-bat, but the Jays get the pair of runs to give Buehrle some breathing room.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    9 pitches in the 7th mows down the Indians in the 7th.5-0 Jays heading into 8th.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Lawrie stranded at second to end the top of the 8th. We’ll see if Buehrle comes back out for the 8th.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      And there he is.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Not for long though. A lead-off single and a four-pitch walk ends Buehrle’s afternoon. Esmil Rogers coming in.

        • Kyle Franzoni

          Strike-out of Cabrera gets the first out of the inning.

          • Kyle Franzoni

            Three straight breaking balls to Swisher gets out number 2.

          • Kyle Franzoni

            Strange route for Rasmus, but he puts it away to end the threat.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Final line for Buehre – 7IP, 4H, 0R, 3BB, 3K and perhaps win number 5.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    K’s from Melky and Edwin bookend a fly-out by Bautista. To the bottom of the 9th, Jays leading 5-0.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    And the Blue Jays gets their 10th win of the season. Didn’t happen until April 30th in 2013.