Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Game Thread: Blue Jays (12-14) at Royals (13-12)


After pitching exactly how he needed to pitch to keep himself in the starting rotation, Dustin McGowan was let down by the bullpen. Last night was only the second time this season McGowan pitched more than 4 innings in a start. The bullpen allowed 7 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in only 2 innings of work, where they used a total of 4 relievers to finish the game.

The bullpen, which is supposed to be a strength for this team, has been nothing but disappointment lately. Key relievers all have ERA’s over 4 including Steve Delabar (4.22), Brett Cecil (5.23), Aaron Loup (4.09), JA Happ (4.15), and intern closer Sergio Santos (8.31).

There are some good points from last night’s game. As stated above McGowan pitched 6 strong innings allowing 7 runs (only 2 were earned). More importantly he threw 92 pitches in the outing after he admitted that he fatigues after 60 pitches. Dustin was armed with an insulin pump located at the back of his belt which gave him the ability to pitch longer.

Another highlight from last night is that Melky Cabrera set the Blue Jays’ franchise record with the most hits in April with 41 (and he has one more day). Also, something to note is that Colby Rasmus is just above a .200 batting average (.202) and Brett Lawrie is also taking steps in the right direction with his batting average (.192).

Tonight’s matchup brings a couple of young bloods to the mound. Drew Hutchison will be facing a resilient Royals lineup after coming off a 9 strikeout over 6 inning performance against the Orioles.

The Blue Jays lineup will be taking on former top prospect Yordano Ventura. Personally, I am very excited to see him pitch. A power pitcher who doesn’t walk too many batter (1.12 WHIP), and who set the April record of the most pitches thrown over 100 MPH, the Blue Jays’ hitters many have their work cut out for them tonight.

Toronto Blue Jays lineup

Jose Reyes-SS
Melky Cabrera-LF
Jose Bautista-RF
Edwin Encarnacion-1B
Dioner Navarro-C
Juan Francisco-3B
Colby Rasmus-CF
Moises Sierra-DH
Chris Getz-2B

Drew Hutchison-P

Kansas City Royals lineup

Nori Aoki-RF
Omar Infante-2B
Eric Hosmer-1B
Billy Butler-DH
Alex Gordon-LF
Salvador Perez-C
Mike Moustakas-3B
Alcides Escobar-SS
Jarrod Dyson-CF

Yordano Ventura-P

All stats courtesy of MLB.com

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Can’t wait for this pitching matchup!

    • Jason Ramnauth

      I completely agree Wray

  • Jason Ramnauth

    A few more minutes my people

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      I don’t know how but forgot the Raps were playing… might be jumping back and forth between the two games.

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        picture in picture lol

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    Top 1

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      Reyes flies out to centre

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        Melky grounds to second

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          Jose reach for the pitch and singles it to centre

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            /Edwin flies out to the warning track inning over

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    Bottom 1

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      Hutch looks like he’s going to throw a no hitter

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        Well there goes that, Aoki doubles to lead off the game

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          Omar Sac Bunts Aoki to third, one out

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            Sac fly from Hosmer and the run scores

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            Bulter strikes out on three pitches, inning over Royals lead 1-0

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    Top 2

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      Dioner K’s to lead off the inning

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        Juan walks

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          Rasmus pops out

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            Sierra hits a fly ball to LF inning over

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    Bottom 2

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      Gordon flies out to LF

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        Perez grounds to first

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          MM flies out to LF, inning over Royals still up 1-0

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    Top 3

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      Getz leads the inning off with a single up the middle

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        Reyes reaches on a fielders choice (Getz forced out at second)

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          Melky flies to centre

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            Jose strikes out and inning is over

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    Shout out to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors for leading at halftime in game 5

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    Bottom 3

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      Escobar flies out to shallow centre

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        Dyson follows up with a bunt that’s was caught behind the plate

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          Aoki lines out to centre, Drew used just 7 pitches, what a match up

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    Top 4

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      Edwin walks on a borderline pitch

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        Dioner grounds to the second basemen but advances the runner to second

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          Juan caught looking at strike three

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            Rasmus grounds out to first Ventura covering, inning over

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    Bottom 4

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      Infante leads it off with a double

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        Hosmer RBI double

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          Bulter grounds out but advances Hosmer to third

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            With the infield in Gordon hits it to Reyes who throws the runner out at home

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            The play was under review to determine if the runner was blocked from the plate, call stands Hosmer out

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            Perez strikes out inning over, Royals now up 2-0

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    Top 5

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      Sierra pops out to first

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        Getz grounds out to first

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          Reyes strikes out and Ventura didn’t realize that was his third out of the inning

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    Bottom 5

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      Mike strikes out

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        Escobar flies out to Colby

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          Dyson caught looking at strike three for the third out

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    Top 6

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      Danny Duffy in for Yordano Ventura

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        Hits Melky on the first pitch, he is in some serious pain

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          looks like right below his left knee

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            Melky being helped on the field

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            Jonathon Diaz replaces Melky

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            Jose walks, Aaron Crow warming in the pen

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            Crow is in

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            Edwin RBI single, Jose to third, Royals now lead 2-1, No one out

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            Dioner strikes out

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            Juan flares one to centre, Bautista scores, game tied 2-2, 1 out

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            Rasmus strikes out

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            Sierra also strikes out inning over, game tied 2-2

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    Bottom 6

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      Aoki grounds out to first

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        Infante flies out to centre

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          Getz gets Hosmer at first

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    Top 7

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      Kelvin Herrera into pitch for the Royals

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        Getz doubles to the wall

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          Jose walks

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            Jonathon strikes out

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            Bautista grounds to first but advances the runners

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            Edwin is out inning over

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    Bottom 7

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      Bulter ingles to start the 7th

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        Gordon flies out to RF

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          Butler steals second!!!!!!

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            wild pitch Jimmy Paredes goes to third (pinch running for Butler)

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            Perez walks

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            MM fouls out

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            Escobar doubles scores two, Royals up 4-2

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            Dyson strikes out to end the inning, Hutch is upset he allowed the go ahead run to score

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    Top 8

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      Wade Davis into the game now

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        Melky’s X-rays came back negative

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          Dioner singles

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            Juan walks on four pitches

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            Rasmus strikes out

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            Sierra strikes out

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            Getz walks, bases loaded, two outs

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            Reyes caught looking for strike three

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    Welcome to all of you who were watching the Raptors game

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    Bottom 8

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      Todd Redmond replaces Drew Hutchison

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        Aoki flies out to LF

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          Infante also flies out to LF

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            Hosmer hits his second double on the 13th pitch from Redmond

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            Parades grounds to first

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    Top 9

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      Closer Greg Holland now pitching

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        Pinch Hitter Josh Thole grounds out to Short

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          Bautista lines out to Short

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            Edwin doubles

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            Narrvaro pops up game over

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    Royals win 4-2

  • 70-92

    damn . . . I saw all these comments and thought other folks might have found the site–but no, it’s all one dude! Jason, I don’t who you’re writing for, but I commend the attempt!

    On another note: the Jays are really a horrible, horrible, horrible baseball team.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Jason was a boss with the game thread tonight… as for the Jays, yes they do kind of suck but that’s the beauty of low expectations. And at least for the most part the games have been fun to watch, much different than last year when they were out of it by the fourth inning seemingly every game in April.