The Boston Red Sox handed the Blue Jays their third straight loss pounding out 16 hits in an 8-1 win. The Jays fall to a game under 500 at 11-12. After the game the Blue Jays optioned Neil Wagner to Buffalo and have called up Chad Jenkins to give the bullpen a fresh arm.
The Good: Juan Francisco hammered his first home run as a Blue Jay tonight into the fourth deck. Jose Bautista who hit a double in the bottom of the fourth continued his streak of reaching base safely now in all 23 games the Jays have played this season. Outside of Todd Redmond being used in a mop up role tonight the rest of the bullpen got a much needed break, got to find a positive somewhere, right?
The Bad: Mark Buehrle who suffered his first loss of the season and actually looked human for the first time this season allowed 12 hits and seven runs over 5 1/3 innings, he also walked three, so it’s safe to say it’s a night he’d rather forget. The Blue Jays offence was missing in action for most of the night as they had six hits on the evening, two of those were from Francisco. The Jays need to quit trying to hit the ball out of the park every at bat and just start working counts, going the other way, or up the middle. Have more professional at bats.
The Ugly: Jose Bautista getting thrown out trying to steal third base in the bottom of the fourth inning with two men on and only one out and Dionner Navarro up at the plate. With the Jays’ down five at the point the Jays needed base runners not a stolen base at the time. It was just a stupid mental error and the Jays are a team that can’t be beating themselves with mental errors.
The Blue Jays send Brandon Morrow to the mound tomorrow afternoon against the Red Sox Clay Buchholtz.