The Jays are starting to grab some wins, so maybe it’s time to claim Spring Training does mean something after all. Brandon Morrow struck out six Rays over four innings and Jose Bautista hit his second homer in three days yesterday, as Toronto hammered Tampa Bay 9-3 to pull even at 8-8 in exhibition play.
The games do start meaning a little more when starters begin getting stretched out, with Morrow going a couple more innings than he and his counterparts did the first few times they got the ball this spring. He gave up three hits and two runs (one earned), then gave way to Marc Rzepczynski, who gave up a run on three hits in three innings. Carlos Villanueva and Casey Janssen closed it out with a shutout inning each.
Bautista added a single to his homer to continue his torrid spring, bumping his average to .458 in the process. Travis Snider went 2-for-4, running his average to .450, and Yunel Escobar had a double and two RBIs in three at-bats and sits at .423. Eric Thames hit a two-run homer in the seventh, his second of the spring.
The Jays are off today, but are back in action Tuesday when Jesse Litsch takes the hill against the Phillies. Frank Francisco is slated to get his first action of the month in the game as well.