Apr 23, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera will look to continue their success and lead Toronto's offence to a victory over the series finale against Baltimore. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Game Thread 22: Blue Jays (11-10) vs Orioles (10-10)


Another blown lead last night left Blue Jays fans restless. Up 6-1 early in the game after home runs from Brett Lawrie and Jose Reyes, it looked like the Jays would be able to cruise to victory over the Orioles. But Dustin McGowan came unhinged, Todd Redmond couldn’t stop the bleeding and the Jays couldn’t muster up enough offence to come back.

Today offers an opportunity to rebound and win a big series over a divisional opponent. The starting pitchers will be the same ones that faced off on the 12th in Baltimore, Drew Hutchison and Bud Norris. Both threw exceptionally well in that affair, going a combined 13 innings without allowing a run, but since then Norris struggled in his latest start against the Red Sox, giving up 4 ER through 6.1, while Hutchison threw relatively well against the Indians, going 5.1 while giving up 2 and striking out 9.

Not many Blue Jays have had a lot AB’s against Norris in the past, but Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, and Dioner Navarro have had success in limited AB’s. Colby Rasmus has been pitiful against Norris throughout his career, sporting a .160/.222/.360 through 25 matchups.

Hutchison’s best start of the year came against these Orioles, and he’ll have to do more of the same for the Jays to win this one. He’ll need to establish the fastball early, but use his offspeed stuff frequently enough to keep this powerful offence at bay. His fastball usage is down from 2012, 65.8% compared to 76.4%. Hutchison is clearly finding increased confidence in his slider and changeup, and he’ll need to use them to keep Baltimore’s strong lineup off balance.

After McGowan could only go 4+ innings last night, Hutchison will need to head deep into the game to give the bullpen a little rest. Another short outing would handcuff the bullpen heading into the series against the Red Sox.

Toronto Blue Jays Line-up (via Shi Davidi)

 

Baltimore Orioles Line-up

 


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  • Lucas Silva

    Excellent start for Hutch. K’s Davis looking with a 95 mph heater on the outside black.

  • Lucas Silva

    Change looked sharp as well.

  • Lucas Silva

    Cabrera thrown out at home after an Edwin double. Gibby comes out to chat but Cabrera was clearly out.

    • Lucas Silva

      Good to see Edwin jump all over that fastball.

  • Lucas Silva

    Hutch falls behind for the first time tonight, and gives up a double to Wieters. Work ahead.

    • Lucas Silva

      Hutch rebounds by striking out both Hardy and Flaherty with fastballs. Heater has some zip tonight.

  • Lucas Silva

    Navarro with his first home run of the season off of a change from Norris. 1-0 Jays!

  • Lucas Silva

    Two run laser from Rasmus and it’s 3-0 Jays! Got a fastball middle in, thigh high and Colby crushed it to right centre.

  • Lucas Silva

    Aaaaaannnnddd Goins strikes out. What a surprise.

  • Lucas Silva

    Schoop reminds me of Jones. Similar size, stance and the same aggressive approach at the plate. If he turns out anything like Jones, the O’s will have quite the second basemen.

  • Lucas Silva

    “Anytime you get caught stealing on the base paths, you take away a potential run” Thanks Tabby, but I’m sure Showalter understands the risks of attempting a steal.

  • Lucas Silva

    Jays are lucky that Cruz’s double bounces out of play. Lough would have easily scored from first there.

    • Lucas Silva

      Hutch gets out of it by getting a broken bat ground ball to second base from Davis with runners on second and third.

  • Lucas Silva

    Bautista just misses a homer. Lough made that catch look awfully difficult…

  • Lucas Silva

    Love the angry bat toss from Jones after missing that high fastball.

  • Lucas Silva

    Hutch looks sharp through 4. Good to see.

  • Lucas Silva

    Schoop jumps all over a first pitch slider from Hutch and drills it out to left. 3-1 Jays.

  • Lucas Silva

    Lough walks, steals second, and advances to third on a sac fly. Terrific baserunning.

    • Lucas Silva

      Lough’s baserunning pays off as Davis singles him. Good piece of hitting, taking that outside of fastball and lining it to left.

      • Lucas Silva

        Hutch rebounds and k’s Jones, nice to see him rebound!

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          He never seems to get rattled great poise out there

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Hutch gives up a couple on a HR to Schoop and 2-out RBI single to Davis but does strike out Cruz and Jones. Jays lead 3-2 middle of 5.

  • Lucas Silva

    Hutch through the sixth clean. He’s up over 100 pitches now, so you have imagine that the Jays are looking to get the bullpen going. 3-2 Jays heading to the bottom of the sixth.

    • Lucas Silva

      Gibby shakes Hutch’s hand. Final line: 6.0, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

      • Lucas Silva

        Back to back starts where Hutch has set down 9 via the strikeout.

  • Lucas Silva

    Wagner in for Hutch. Schoop jumps on Wagner’s first offering and drills a liner to short, but Reyes makes a nice leaping grab.

  • Lucas Silva

    Lough rips a line drive double to right as his strong night continues.

  • Lucas Silva

    Gibbons walks to the mound, and calls for Brett Cecil.

  • Lucas Silva

    Cecil has been dominant this year. 0 ER in 8.2 IP with 15 K’s.

  • Lucas Silva

    Cecil walks Markakis, and the O’s execute the double steal to perfection. Navarro didn’t even have a chance to throw out Lough at third. Cruz is intentionally walked, and David is up. 1 out, bases loaded, 3-2 Jays.

  • Lucas Silva

    2-run single for Davis, and the O’s are up 4-3. The Jays bullpen blows another lead.

  • Lucas Silva

    Jones RBI double. 5-3 O’s

  • Lucas Silva

    Esmil is in to replace Cecil. Runners on 2nd and 3rd, 1 out.

  • Lucas Silva

    Jeeeeeeez. Wieters lets go of his bat on a 2 run, soft line drive single to left. 7-3 O’s

  • Lucas Silva

    The bullpen has dismantled yet another potential win. This pattern is beginning to be bothersome.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Ugh

      • Lucas Silva

        Disheartening that’s for sure.

  • Lucas Silva

    Fantastic play by Schoop on a hard grounder from pinch hitter, Moises Sierra. 1 out in the bottom of the 7th.

  • Lucas Silva

    Jays go down easily in the 7th.

  • Lucas Silva

    Bunt single for Lough. Terrific night for him. 3/3, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 SB.

  • Lucas Silva

    2 on, none out, and the top of the order is up. Great.

    • Lucas Silva

      Base knock for Markakis. Bases loaded, none out for Cruz, Davis, Jones, and Wieters. Yikes.

      • Lucas Silva

        2 run single for Cruz. Someone stop this, please.

        • Lucas Silva

          2 run single for Jones.

          • Lucas Silva

            11-3.

          • Lucas Silva

            This is a disaster.

  • Lucas Silva

    Bautista drives in Diaz, and Redmond gets a clean 9th. To the bottom we go. Only 7 runs boys!!

  • Lucas Silva

    Jays go easily in the 9th. What a disaster. Jays lose 11-4.