If the Blue Jays’ series against the Seattle Mariners is any indication of how their current road trip is going to go, Toronto is going to be in tough to scrounge-up even a .500 record on this ten game trip.
Wednesday night’s game seemed as if the Jays had a chance to avoid being swept. Starter Carlos Villanueva was trying to avoid his first loss of the season and worked well over his six innings of work. Although he gave up four runs on seven hits, he also managed to strikeout six Mariners’ batters without walking anyone. His biggest mistake of the night was a pitch down and in to former teammate Eric Thames that ended up as a two-run homerun to centre field and tied the game at three apiece. The Mariners would go ahead on a John Jaso single in the sixth which scored Michael Saunders. They added an insurance run with Dustin Ackley’s single in the seventh off reliever Aaron Loup.
As for the Jays’ offense, they had been held down quite effectively throughout the first two games of the series. Colby Rasmus kicked off Toronto’s scoring with his 19th homerun of the year, a solo shot in the first inning. Kelly Johnson also went deep for the Jays, on a 1-0 in the fourth off Mariners’ starter Blake Beavan. The Jays’ only other run of the game came off from a Jeff Mathis’ sac fly in the fifth to score David Cooper.
More than anything, this series in Seattle might be further known as the exits of Travis Snider and Eric Thames. Both players were dealt late Monday night as Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos made deals to bring in some extra pitching help. In return for the left fielders, Toronto received Brad Lincoln from Pittsburgh (for Snider) and Steve Delabar from Seattle (for Thames). Both pitchers have since made their Blue Jays’ debut, but it will take some time to see just what benefit the trades will have for Toronto.
For many fans, the departure of Travis Snider comes at a time when he would finally have a chance to stick in the majors with Toronto and show just how good of an everyday player he can be. There is strong debate surrounding Snider’s time with Toronto; whether or not he was rushed to the majors at the age of 20; whether he’s ever been given a chance to prove he could play every day at the big league level; whether his entire tenure was managed poorly. Whatever the answers, Snider will not get the chance to play every day in the outfield for a team in the playoff hunt.
Toronto heads down the West Coast into Oakland on Thursday for the start of a four game series. Henderson Alvarez (7-7) will face off with Bartolo Colon (7-8). The Jays will look to avoid another disastrous series against the A’s like they played last week at home. Game time is set for 10:10 p.m. EST.
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Written by Amanda Tallon
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