Another rough outing from a Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher led to a disappointing loss on Saturday afternoon in Detroit.
Price didn’t appear to have his sharpest stuff in today’s game, yet he still had little trouble with Toronto’s offence.
The Blue Jays rotation has struggled the past two weeks and today was no different. Nine Tigers marched to the plate in the first inning, highlighted by a 2-run J.D. Martinez homerun.
While Dickey didn’t exactly settle down after that, he got out of trouble more effectively thanks to a couple double plays and heads-up plays by the infielders. He was pulled with two outs in the sixth, giving up five runs on 11 hits. Dickey walked two and struck out just one.
The other side was an entirely different story. It’s no secret Price has Toronto’s number. He hasn’t lost to the Jays since September 23, 2011. The superstar’s only mistake was a solo homerun by Kevin Pillar in the fifth. Price pitched seven innings, striking out seven in another great start. Toronto, one of the MLB’s best offences, looked off-balance against him throughout much of the game.
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Price’s career record against Toronto improved to 16-2.
Tigers first-baseman Alex Avila made a fantastic catch in the fourth inning. With the bases empty and two outs, Russell Martin popped a pitch up in foul territory. Avila tracked the ball down and made the catch, flipping into the seats. See for yourself:
Colabello made things semi-interesting in the ninth inning with a two-run home run against Jeff Ferrell, making his big-league debut.
- Price now has more wins (16) against the Jays than any other active pitcher. His .888 winning percentage against the team is higher than any other pitcher in MLB history.
- The Jays starting pitchers have given up 13 first-inning runs in the past three games
- Dickey picked Ian Kinsler off of first base in the second inning, when Kinsler strayed too far from the bag
- The Blue Jays uniforms had an American flag on the right arm to support Independence Day, much like the Boston Red Sox did in Toronto on Canada Day
MVJ: Ryan Tepera