Posted by: Jeremy | June 12, 2010

Jays get to Jimenez, still lose


Jimenez wasn't at his best, but still improved to 12-1

The one night all year Ubaldo Jimenez doesn’t have his stuff and the Jays still manage to let it get away. Am I the only one not surprised? The Rockies starter — entering at 11-1 with a 0.93 ERA — walked five and gave up three runs over six innings last night, but it was enough for Colorado to come out with a 5-3 win in a rain-shortened game at Coors Field. Both Jimenez and Ricky Romero struggled with the nasty weather, with Romero giving up seven hits and four runs over five to take the loss.

The game was delayed and hour and 45 minutes at the start, then another 40 after the sixth before it was called altogether. Lyle Overbay tripled home the game’s first run in the second and Aaron Hill added a two-run shot in the third after a pair of solo homers by Carlos Gonzalez and Ryan Spillborghs had given Colorado a 2-1 lead the previous half inning. The Rockies tacked on single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth to make for the difference, with Gonzalez’s second homer of the game marking the winner.

Although it was inconsequential in this particular game, I should note just how bad Jason Frasor sucks this season. The veteran — who was a decent pitcher for six years before completely fading into shit this year — surrendered a run for the 119th straight outing, giving up two hits and a walk before Brian Tallet, of all people, was able to limit the damage in the Colorado half of the sixth. Again, no real outcome on the game, but another opportunity to mention how awful this bullpen is.

The Jays and Rockies are back at it tonight, with the surging Brandon Morrow (4-4, 5.48) on the hill against Jason Hammel (3-3, 5.23).

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  1. They should have canceled it, and made it a double-header. Cito should have called it on the RF sink hole that was hastily filled in before the game started, LET ALONE when it was pouring down DURING the game. That hole would have washed away, and if Lewis went to the wall and found the hole with a step… there goes his ankle, foot,leg, knee, hip, back…whatever.
    Sure, the elements may have helped knock Jiminez off his groove, but it also went the other way.
    The bullpen used to be one of the strengths, now its lost. Has the other teams figured them out, or are they too comfortable??? Notice the same go-to-guys are used extensively, and the ones coming in as a new guy usually end up not used and sent away. Rommie Lewis, Roenicke, Purcey, Veldez, And these guys are just some that I remember for this years’ team.

    TIME TO GET HILL AND LIND SOME PRESSURE, BECAUSE BAUTISTA AND GONZALEZ ARE FINDING EARTH AGAIN.

  2. Yeah, what’s up with Hill and Lind? The boys better get cooking soon…

    As for the bullpen, I’d suggest moving Morrow down there if he wasn’t suddenly pitching amazing. Hope he keeps it up as a starter — he’s cruising again tonight.


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