The story heading into tonight’s Jays game was pitching. Starting pitcher Kyle Drabek successfully went through his second Tommy John surgery today. Drew Hutchinson was diagnosed with an elbow strain, with the possibility of needing surgery before the week is done. He’ll being going to Florida for further diagnosis. This news comes the day after Henderson Alvarez struggled to keep the ball down and forced manager John Farrell to go to the bullpen for four innings. All added, it meant that the Jays would be leaning on Jesse Chavez to do as deep as he could in his first major league start.
Chavez managed to get through the first two innings quite cleanly and quickly, which gave the Jays the chance to go on top 2-0 in the third inning on Brett Lawrie’s seventh homerun of the season. However, the wheels started coming off in the bottom of the third with two out as Chavez gave up back-to-back doubles, followed by a hit batter and two walks. The Brewers would exit the inning ahead 4-2.
The big story on the field for the Jays on Tuesday night was homeruns and walks. While the seven pitchers for the Jays struck out 13, they managed to walk eight Brewers to bring their season walk total to 261, tops in the majors. On a positive note, the power game for the offense came alive with the Jays hitting a total of six homeruns on the night. Colby Rasmus and Jose Bautista both went deep twice, including solo shots in the top of the ninth to tie the game and take the lead, 10-9. Edwin Encarnacion homered for the second straight night, going back-to-back-to-back with Rasmus and Bautista in the sixth. It was the first time Toronto had high three homers in a row in 2005.
Casey Janssen converted his seventh save in seven opportunities since being named the Jays’ closer and brought home the hard-fought win for the Jays to move them back to two games over .500.
At no point during the game did it seem like Toronto was ready to call it a night. Although their resiliency has been consistent since Opening Day, it seems the blue birds have taken their “never say die” attitude to a new level. It was apparent in their sweep of the Phillies over the weekend and even in the loss to the Brewers last night.
Going forward, the Jays’ will need to continue juggling their pitching and hope that no one else goes down. Rumors have started circulating about pitchers the Jays could be looking at or what pitchers could be available for trade.
Game three of the Milwaukee series goes tomorrow at 1:30pm EST. Yovani Gallardo (5-5) will be on the mound for the Brewers, with the Jays’ started being announced on Wednesday.
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Written by Amanda Tallon
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