Happy birthday Kendrys Morales. I don’t really have much to say about that as he’s been a Jay for six months, but happy birthday I guess. Guess what today is? The today where one team reaches .500, and with our 0-7 record in these games, it wasn’t promising. Same lineup as last night, the only difference being a tired Jays bullpen.
Well, it wasn’t a good Liriano start was it. What the fuck was that first. I won’t even want to describe it, all I’ll say is that we were down 4-0 after one thanks to a couple of homers.
The Jays produced nothing, although the birthday boy doubled to lead-off the second, but was stranded at third, because we are shit in these types of games.
Liriano was battling through, he got through the bottom of the 3rd because Andrus continues to try and help the Jays whenever possible. A leadoff double negated by a stupid steal of third, Andrus out, Jays still behind 4-0.
That margin would become 5-0 in the fifth, as Nomar Mazara led-off with a homer to center. Liriano would have troubles closing the inning, with runners on first and second after walks, so he was yanked with two outs for Leonel Campos, who continued the bullpen’s recent performance by getting out of the inning.
The Jays couldn’t do anything in the 6th, while Beliveau pitched for the second straight night, coming on with one out in the bottom of the inning, and cruising through.
Martinez came out to pitch the 7th, and was thankfully removed after a one-out walk to Smoaky. Martinez got a standing ovation as he left, and on came Jose LeClerc, who would promptly walk Tulo and Martin.
Steve Pearce, just like yesterday was to come to the plate with the bases loaded. Quickly falling behind 0-2, he smashed one that Why did they only take a 40 second look at the foul ball. I didn’t know if it was fair or foul, all I know is that it was called a foul ball, so let’s try and move on. The at-bat kept on going, with Pearce fouling ball after ball, until a meeting on the mound at a 1-2 count.
So, Goins somehow got a hit to keep the inning alive, I don’t know how, but like last night, it was a first-pitch line drive, this time to left. He hit it so hard that only Smoaky came home, but 5-1, with Pillar as the tying run coming to the plate. Pillar would work a 2-0 count, before classic Kevin came up, swinging at two questionable strikes before swinging at a strike three slider.
Beliveau continued into the 7th, and went 1-2-3.
Jeffress started the 8th, and got Donaldson to swing at a stupid pitch on a 2-0 count, before getting Joey Bats to strike out. A single to Morales though would knock Jeffress out, a LOOGY coming on to face Smoaky. Smoaky, on his right side which I still maintain is his better side, hit a 0-1 slider off the top of the wall in left. Windmill Ron didn’t send Morales home, which leaves me wondering if the birthday boy had a few too many beforehand, or he’s even slower than I previously thought. So up came Tulo, and the sound of Pat said it all, just heartbreaking. BTW, Tulo grounded out to short, men stranded at 2nd and 3rd.
The game was well and truly up in the bottom of the 8th, as Beltre hit a solo shot off Dominic Leone and limped around the bases, he really looked sore throughout this whole game, or at least from his RBI groundout in the first.
So down five runs heading into the top of the 9th, the Rangers would trot out Keone Kela. Some positives occurred in the inning despite the 5-1 loss. Steve Pearce extended his hit streak to seven games with a one-out single, and Kela was worked over at least a little.
So tomorrow is Tyson Ross against Joe Biagini, I don’t have much else to say, I don’t know what else to say anyway.