After losing two of three in Milwaukee, the Jays were hoping for better when they reached Miami. Not only would they be going through their patchwork rotation for the second time, but historically their record against the Marlins was a dismal 4-17.
Ricky Romero took the hill for Toronto, aiming for his eighth win of the season. In his last start, the Jays’ ace seemed to shake some of the control issues he’d been facing most of the year. The biggest concern for the night, however, would be how deep Romero would be able to go in the game. Not surprisingly, Toronto’s bullpen had worked more than 15 innings in three games against the Brewers. Even with the off-day on Thursday, the pen would’ve highly benefited from an extra day off Friday, with the team heading into a stretch of 17 straight games before the All-Star Break, including Friday’s series opener.
The Jays scored early as Brett Lawrie tripled to open the first inning. Colby Rasmus grounded to short, allowing Lawrie to score easily from third. Lawrie would single and score again in the third inning, on a single to right by Jose Bautista. Kelly Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to centre to score Bautista later in the inning.
With his team up 3-0 Romero was able to get into a groove, only getting into trouble in the bottom of the fifth. With one run having already scored and a runner on second, Romero was able to get Giancarlo Stanton to strike out to end the inning for the Marlins. By that point, Toronto had the lead by four runs at 6-2; the closest Miami would get to coming back.
In the top of the 6th, in what seemed like a reversal of pitching woes, the Marlins’ gave up two bases loaded walks in the fourth inning and couldn’t keep the Jays from scoring 12 runs over nine innings, beating Miami by a final score of 12-5.
It was the kind of game that Romero, the Jays’ offense and bullpen needed. With the lead securely in hand by the fourth, Romero was able to concentrate on getting outs and going late into the game, instead of having to keep the scoring down for Miami. The offense was a balanced approach with all nine hitters contributing in some way, instead of just relying on two or three guys. The bullpen got to watch comfortably and only worry about getting the last six outs of the game, which Robert Coelle and newly acquired David Pauley managed to do without issue.
Game two is Saturday at 1:10pm. Josh Johnson (4-5) will hit the bump for the Marlins. Brett Cecil (1-0) makes his second start of 2012 after beating the Phillies in Toronto last Friday.
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Written by Amanda Tallon
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