The Toronto Blue Jays opened the 2014 season by splitting their first series with the Tampa Bay Rays last week.
Toronto, however, got hammered in the first game 9-2. I don’t remember the last time the Jays got creamed in their opening game of the season.
R.A. Dickey was on the mound and got roughed up good. Dickey gave up five hits, six earned runs, six walks, and struck out four batters in five innings pitched.
Maicer Izturis went two for three during the game.
The Blue Jays bounced back in the second game of the series, winning 4-2.
Designated hitter, Adam Lind, went two for three at the plate.
After being injured for almost two years, pitcher, Drew Hutchinson was back on the mound for the Jays and he didn’t Budisappoint.
Hutchinson gave up just three hits, no earned runs, three walks, and struck out four batters in 5.1 inning pitched.
Mark Buehrle pitched for the Jays in the third game and was fantastic. Buehrle almost pitched a compete game. Buehrle pitched 8.2 innings, giving up just four hits, no earned runs, and a walk. Buehrle struck out 11 batters during the game. What a performance.
Outfielder, Jose Bautista had a good game too. Bautista went two for three at the plate, including two home runs in a 3-0 Blue Jay victory.
Despite losing 7-2, Brandon Morrow pitched fairly well in game four of the series. Morrow did give up seven hits, but just four earned runs, a walk, and struck out four batters in five innings pitched.
Izturis had another good game. going two for three at the plate.
A couple of news items to pass along.
Jose Reyes injured again. Reyes probably going to miss two weeks with a mild inflammation in his left hamstring.
Pitcher Chad Jenkins has been called up from Triple-A Buffalo. Jeremy Jeffress was designated for assignment to make room in the Jay’s 25-man roster.