After a busy pre-game kind of day, the Toronto Blue Jays snapped their three game losing streak by beating the Boston Red Sox 6-1.
Aaron Laffey pitched seven scoreless innings, holding the Red Sox to eight hits, while striking out four. It was the kind of dominating and deep-into-the-game the Jays needed. It was also another demonstration of how Laffey has settled into a starting role, offering some stability to the rotation the Jays have lacked since Brandon Morrow, Drew Hutchinson and Kyle Drabek went down.
The offense started early against Josh Beckett, scoring four runs in the first two innings. They would later score another run in the fifth and ninth, offering more insurance in a park where leads can disappear early.
Darren Oliver came in to throw a three-up-three-down inning in the eighth, with Casey Janssen pitching the ninth after not pitching in six days. Janssen was a little shaky, giving up his first run in six games, and only the second he’s allowed in his last 17 appearances. He managed to strikeout pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the game.
Both lineups looked different from the last time these two teams met. David Ortiz is still out for the Sox, after being placed on the DL with a strained right Achilles tendon. The Jays are still without Brett Lawrie, who could possibly be game ready before leaving Boston after bruising his calf in a scary fall in New York on Wednesday.
Before Friday night’s game, the Jays announced a ten player trade with the Houston Astros. The Astros received RP Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco, along with three minor league pitchers, one minor league catcher and a player to be named later. In return, the Jays received three pitchers, J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter. The deal offers the Jays a much needed boost to their bullpen, as well as offering some depth in AAA. Both Happ and Lyon will be with the team on Saturday, with Carpenter heading to Las Vegas.
The trade also created a spot on Toronto’s 25-man roster, which the team filled by calling up OF Travis Snider. With his journey being well documented, Snider admits his mindset will offer the biggest difference during his big league stint this time around. With Bautista on the DL and OF Rajai Davis shuffling, Snider will take over duties in left-field with recent call-up Anthony Gose playing in right.
Carlos Villanueva will look to hold the Red Sox down again on Saturday, as Aaron Cook will try and to the same against Toronto. Game time is set for 7:10 pm EST.
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Written by Amanda Tallon
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