Although it’s hard to imagine the Blue Jays being able to turn their season around, there was some feeling things could get better this weekend. Friday night marked the return of Jose Bautista, but even the slugger’s anticipated return wasn’t enough to help the Jays come through late in the game.
Saturday’s game saw the return of Brandon Morrow to the mound after he left his June 11th start nine pitches in because of a left oblique strain. For the early part of the game, it looked like Morrow hadn’t really missed any time. He was spotting his fastball, changing speeds and fooling hitters as effectively as he was before his injury. Going forward for the rest of the season, Toronto could really use a calming and consistent presence in their rotation and Morrow might just fit the bill.
If it wasn’t for a tipped ball and an error in the third, the overall game might have turned out differently. After giving up a leadoff single, Morrow tipped a ball to his right that prevented the team from being able to turn a double play. Later in the inning, Yunel Escobar took a step back on a ball hit to short which caused him to misplay the ball and miss another opportunity for a double play. Even though the Orioles scored on much more solid baseball later in the game, at the time in the third the momentum was in the Jays’ favour. If also seemed as if Morrow was rattled slightly by both plays. The inning also cut heavily into Morrow’s pitch count on the day, which was ideally 85, but maxed at 90 pitches.
For the day, Morrow pitched 4.2 innings, gave up six hits, four runs (two earned), walked one and struck out seven. He might not have gotten the win, but it’s a promising sign for his return to the Jays’ pitching staff.
Besides the loss, more bad news came the Jays’ way Saturday night as Jose Bautista was placed back on the disabled list. He was removed from the game in the third inning after feeling discomfort I his left wrist. It’s hard to tell now when or if he will be back this season. Reports say he will be seeing a wrist specialist in the coming days.
Game three is Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Henderson Alvarez will try to stop the Jays’ seven game losing streak, as Chris Tillman will try to complete the sweep for Baltimore.
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Written by Amanda Tallon
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