There was nothing for the Toronto Blue Jays fans to cheer about at the Roger Center in Toronto Tuesday night as their team got hammered by the Oakland Athletics 7-2.
“Obviously, it was too big of a hole to come back in,” said Jay’s manager, John Farrell at Tuesday’s post game press conference, “We contributed to that big seventh inning with some walks,” he said.
Despite the five run loss, Jay’s starting pitcher, Brett Cecil had a fairly good night, giving up five hits, two earned runs, two walks and struck out eight batters in six innings pitched.
Wednesday night’s game wasn’t any better for the Jays. In fact, it was worse. Not only they were shut out, but the Jays were also pounded 16-0.
More bad news for the Jays, catcher, J.P. Arencibia is out for at least six weeks with a fractured right hand after being hit by a foul tip by Brandon Inge in the second inning of Wednesday night’s game.
Ricky Romero had a terrible outing on the mound. In fact, he didn’t even last two innings. In 1.1 innings pitched, he gave up four hits, eight earned runs, eight walks and struck out only one batter.
Chris Carter of Oakland went one for three, scored two runs, and racked up three RBIs.
In Thursday afternoon’s game, it looked as if the Athletics were going to sweep the Jays when Josh Reddick hit a solo home run in the first inning and then Brandon Inge hit a two run homer in the fourth inning to make it 3-0.
The Jays came back in the bottom of the fourth inning when Edwin Encarnacion hit his career high 27th home run of the season with two men on base.
Oakland took the lead again at the top of the fifth inning when Jemile Weeks scored on a fielder’s choice, but it could’ve been much worse. The Jays had the bases loaded and managed to give up only one run in the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Jays took a 5-4 lead when both Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie scored on a safety squeeze play by Travis Snider. After that, the Jays kept piling on the runs.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Kelly Johnson hit a solo blast to give the Jays a two run lead.
The next inning, they Jays scored four more runs to make it a 10-4 game.
“We put together a quality game offensively, said Jay’s manager, John Farrell in Thursday’s post game press conference.
Casey Janssen took the mound in a non-save situation at the top of the ninth inning and shut the As down one, two, three for the win.
The Jays will host another tough opponent this coming weekend as they will play the Detroit Tigers in a three game series.