Toronto Blue Jays: Why I like Brett Lawrie

The Toronto Blue Jays kicked off their three game series against the Miami Marlins on Friday night with a bang, defeating them 12-5.

Brett Lawrie had a huge night at the plate, going three for five,  including a triple, and scored four runs. 

I mention how much I really like Lawrie in a previous article I wrote a month ago and it’s not because he’s Canadian either.  This guy is very dangerous at the plate as he proved in Friday’s game.  The only weakness is his fielding.  He seems to make errors now and then.  I have seen him, however, make some spectacular catches during games too.

Jose Bautista also had a good night as well, going two for three, scoring three runs, and collecting three RBIs.

As for starting pitcher, Ricky Romero, he gave up seven hits, four earned runs, four walks, and struck out five batters in seven innings pitched.  Oh, he also got a base hit during the game.

In Saturday’s game, the Blue Jays opened the scoring in second inning when Rajai Davis drove in Edwin Encarnacion on a fielders choice.

There was no scoring until the bottom of the seventh inning when Miami tied it 1-1.  Omar Infante drove in Justin Ruggiano with a double.

The Blue Jays put the final nail in the coffin in the ninth inning.

First, Encarnacion hit a solo home run to give the Jays a one run lead.  Kelly Johnson scored on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Mathis to make it 3-1 Jays.  Colby Ramus capped it off with a grand slam to give the Jays a huge 7-1 lead.

The Marlins went down one, two, three in the bottom of the ninth inning and giving the Jays a six run victory.

Jay’s starting pitcher, Brett Cecil had a fairly good outing on the mound, giving up only five hits, one earned run, three walks and struck out two batters in six innings pitched. 

The Blue Jays got hammered by the Marlins on Sunday 9-0.

Starting pitcher, Jesse Chavez did not have a good outing on the mound at all.  He gave up seven hits, six earned runs, no walks and struck out six batters in six innings pitched.

The Blue Jays head off to Boston where they will face the Red Sox for three games starting Monday.