It was hard to know going into Sunday’s game which Brett Cecil the Blue Jays were going to see. At times since being recalled, Brett Cecil has possessed the kind of control he needs to be effective, now that he’s throwing for a lower velocity. At other times, he’s lacked the control to keep opposing hitters guessing.
For the most part, control was the story of the day for Cecil. In the early going, it looked like Cecil might have some issues going deep into the game. It took him over 60 pitches to get into the fourth inning. However, it seemed to be more a lack of getting calls from the umpire more than Cecil being wild. As the afternoon progressed, Cecil got better and better and managed to pitch 6.2 innings, striking out seven, walking three and giving up three earned runs. Jhonny Peralta took Cecil deep in the third with a three-run shot to left. As good as Cecil has been his last two starts, the long ball has been an issue for him this season. Peralta would later hit a solo shot to centre off Jays’ reliever Joel Carreno.
Unluckily for the Jays, Detroit’s Doug Fister was on his game. He gave up seven hits and walked two batters over eight innings, but it’s his nine strikeouts on the day were really kept the Jays from being able to score more than a run. After Rajai Davis singled to lead off the game, then stole second and advanced to third on the throwing error by Tigers’ catcher Gerald Laird. Davis would score on Colby Rasmus’ end-of-the-bat squibbler up the third baseline. For a second time this week, the Jays good offense was beat by good pitching.
Although Toronto wasn’t able to complete the sweep over the Tigers, they made great strides in distancing themselves from the ugly series against the Athletics earlier this week. That’s important as the team’s heading west to play in Seattle, and then a wrap-around series next weekend in Oakland. Toronto split a two game series with the A’s in Oakland in May.
It’s possible that the team will have their leader back sometime during the upcoming series in Oakland, as Jose Bautista eligible to return from the DL on August 1. Although he was hoping to be game ready when he became eligible for re-instatement, Bautista has said he may be delayed by a game or two.
Ricky Romero will try to bounce back from the shortest outing of his career in his last start. He’ll also try to snap a personal worst 0-6 losing streak. The Mariners will send Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound against the Jays. Game time is set for 10:10pm EST.
Also of note from Sunday, in his first rehab start since straining his left oblique muscle in early June, Brandon Morrow threw 26 pitches in three innings, giving up three hits, and one walk with two strikeouts. He’ll pitch again on Friday.
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Written by Amanda Tallon
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