Toronto Blue Jays: Squandering leads are hurting the team

Lately, the Toronto Blue Jays have been losing games after being ahead, going into the late innings.

Case in point.  The Jays were ahead 5-3 going into the ninth inning in the first of three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates this past weekend.  Pittsburgh scored three unanswered runs and ended up winning the game 6-5.  Talk about a heart breaker.

It got even worse for the Blue Jays.

In game two of the series, Toronto was ahead 6-2 going into the seventh inning.  Yet, again, the bullpen failed to hold on to the four run lead.

Reliever, Aaron Loup, who replaced starter, R.A. Dickey, gave up four runs to the Pirates to make it 6-6.

Pittsburgh wasn’t done yet.  With Todd Redmond on the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Pirates scored two runs.

The Pirates ended up winning the game 8-6.  Sickening.

Brett Lawrie went three for five at the plate.  As for Dickey, well,he gave up five hits, three earned runs, four walks, and struck out three batters in six innings pitched.

the good news about this series is Toronto avoided the sweep by hammering  the Pirates in the rubber match 7-2.

Colby Rasmus went three for four at the plate and collected four RBIs during the game.  That is outstanding.  Four RBIs in a game.

Dustin McGowan had a great day on the mound.  McGowan gave up just three hits, an earned run, three walks, and struck out five batters.

I have a few news items to pass along.

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Brandon Morrow

Pitcher, Brandon Morrow is going to be out possibly for two months because of a torn tendon sheath in his right index finger.  Gee.  That’s all the Jays need.  A starting pitcher on the disabled list

Pitcher, Casey Janssen has begun his rehab assignment with Double-A New Hampshire.

Finally, Toronto officially purchased the contract of Marcus Stroman from Triple-A  Buffalo.