Game Recap: Blue Jays Humbled in Loss to Red Sox


The Blue Jays were playing against the percentages when they started Drew Hutchison tonight. Drew had an abysmal road record. He had fared even worse at Fenway this season. Drew had even started to sour at home in his last start. Yet the Jays seemed confident that Drew could reverse the trends. Not surprisingly to most everyone else, he could not. 

Hutchison lasted just 3.1 innings. He needed 81 pitches to make it that far. He allowed 6 earned runs, 6 hits and 2 walks. Drew was fine his first time through the lineup but completely collapsed the next. This may suggest that Hutch would do at least decently in a bullpen role later this season.

Joe Kelly fared much better against the Jays’ hitters. He allowed one run through 5.2 innings. The Jays managed 6 hits, two walks and a HBP but squandered prime opportunities to cash those runners in. They were able to scrape one run together on Edwin Encarnacion‘s RBI single in the 4th.

Aaron Loup, for the second time this series, was called upon in the 4th inning to take over a poor start. This game Aaron was able to get his man. Liam Hendriks allowed Hutch’s last runner to score but finished off the inning. Steve Delabar‘s return to the mound was an utter disaster. He let up 4 earned over 0.1 IP and passed off a bases loaded situation to Jeff Francis. Jeff allowed an inherited runner to score but went 2.2 IP and allowed two hits and no earned runs. Bo Schultz threw a scoreless 8th.

The Jays essentially threw in the towel in the 7th putting in practically their whole bench. Jean Machi faced and sat down 3 of the Jays’ B-squad that inning. Craig Breslow allowed two singles and then a blast from Chris Colabello in the 8th. Heath Hembree finally, mercifully ended the night at about 10:50pm

The Jays drop an embarrassing series to the last place AL East team. At least New York lost as well and hopefully the Jays were simply saving up all their runs and good pitches for the series against the Yankees.

Game Notes:

– Drew’s ERA at Fenway this season? 18.62

– Steve Delabar made his first appearance for the Jays since July 24th

Munenori Kawasaki turned a slick double play and got a single in his only AB

Matt Hague got his first hit with the Jays

– Every position player on the Jays’ roster got into the game eventually

. Drew Hutchison. STARTING PITCHING . “F”.  If there was any doubt, there should be none now: Drew Hutchison won’t start in the playoffs. There should also be significant doubt as to whether he gets another start the rest of the regular season. There’s no apparent logic behind his road struggles. Perhaps it’s psychological at this point. Either way, it can’t go on.

“D-”. Steve Delabar picked up where Hutchison left off and put the game out of reach for the Jays. Hendriks was ok and Loup, Francis and Bo Schultz did their jobs.. . Jeff Francis. “RELIEVER”

“D”. Encarnacion had an RBI single and that was all the Jays’ A-squad could manage. After the b-squad was put in, Chris Colabello hit a 3 run home run but it was too little and far too late. . . Chris Colabello. “OFFENCE”

MVJ: Chris Colabello

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