Posted by: Jeremy | June 13, 2010

Jays shut down by some guy you’ve never heard of


Wells also went 0-for-4 in the loss

Four hits and no runs against some washout named Jason Hammel — that’s what the Jays managed last night after somehow stringing together three runs in six innings the previous night against Ubaldo Jimenez. Brandon Morrow was strong for the third straight outing, but it wasn’t enough for Toronto, which fell 1-0 to the Rockies to lose for the fourth time in five games this road trip.

Aaron Hill, coming off a 36 homer year, went 0-for-4 to drop his average to a sparkling .184. Adam Lind, he of a .305 average and 35 home runs in 2009, couldn’t even crack the Jays lineup, with journeyman Fred Lewis getting the start in left in his place. Oh yeah, it’s because Lind is hitting .209 and doesn’t have a hit since April 22. What the hell is wrong with these guys? It doesn’t stop there, either: Jose Bautista went 0-for-4, leaving him hitless in 23 at-bats since homering twice off A.J. Burnett last Friday. Edwin Encarnacion, meanwhile, grabbed his first hit since the Yankees series as well — a leadoff single in the eighth that bumped his average up to .204.

Morrow allowed a single run for the third straight start, though it was one that never should’ve come around: After shutting the Rockies out through five, he walked Hammel, the pitcher, to start the sixth and allowed him to score on Carlos Gonzalez’s sac fly a couple batters later. Kind of reminds me of Morrow’s last time out, against the Yankees last Sunday, when he cruised through seven before hitting Francisco Cervelli to start a game-turning rally in the eighth. In the end, another loss despite another strong outing.

Anyway, the loss — the Jays’ seventh in 10 games — drops them to 34-29 and two-and-a-half back of Boston for third in the East. Jesse Litsch, fresh off Tommy John surgery, makes his first big league start in 14 months this afternoon against Canadian Jeff Francis (1-2, 3.45), who also missed all of last year after undergoing shoulder surgery. Let’s just hope no one’s arm falls off in this one.

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  1. the good pitching beat the good (and now, cold batting) hitting. It’s this time every year, or when its inter league that they start to sink. OR WEST COAST TRIPS!!!!!!
    The Jays have to be able to get through this month with some sense of hope. They can’t go into the shitter now, or else they’re DONE…. which is odd considering they weren’t supposed to do much this season to begin with.

    Oh well….. there’s still roughly 100 games to go. They’re not down by 110 games. yeah???

  2. True, still lots to play. Who knows, maybe the Rays, Yankees and Red Sox will beat each other up enough over the next four months for us to hang around. Either way, I just can’t wait for this road trip to be over…


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