Tuesday was a bit of a mixed bag for the Blue Jays. Before game two against the Yankees even started, it was announced that Jose Bautista would be having season-ending surgery to bring more stability to his injured left wrist. The minor league system also took a hit when first-round draft pick Marcus Stroman was suspended 50 games for failing a drug test after ingesting a banned substance, although it was not a steroid or HGH. Stroman will be ineligible to play in a game again until well into the season next year; although he will be able to take part in workouts once the Grapefruit starts again next March.
As for things on the field, Ricky Romero put in one of his strongest starts of the season. His five hits scattered over seven innings, with two walks and six strikeouts were sorely needed after the Jays played 11 innings on Monday night. Romero was also in desperate need of a solid start, even though he’s still winless in his last 11 starts. It’s one of the more solid lines Toronto’s ace has put up this year, and could end up being an excellent building block moving forward for the rest of the season.
The 2-1 loss can really be traced to the offense’s inability to score when they have the chance, an issue that has plagued them since Bautista went down in New York in July. The one highlight of the night was seeing rookie Adeiny Hechavarria hit his first major league homerun to deep right-centre in the fifth inning. The Jays failed to convert a great scoring chance in the sixth inning when Yunel Escobar softly lined out to second and Colby Rasmus was doubled off third after going a step to far. It was the last real chance the Jays had to score during the game.
Game three is an afternoon affair, with J.A. Happ on the mound for the Jays. CC Sabathia will pitch for the Yankees. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
If Toronto can manage getting out of New York having won two of three, it would go a long way morally for the team. They head home to start a seven game homestand on Thursday with a four game series against Tampa, followed by a three game series against Baltimore. It will be a great chance for the Jays to act as spoilers for the rest of the season, as the majority of their games will be against teams trying to reach the post-season.
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