With their win Thursday night, the Blue Jays managed to win back-to-back games for the first time since the middle of August. It seems Toronto has every intention of ending a disastrous August on a winning note, having won three of their last four.
In what was one of (if not the best) pitched games on the season, Toronto starter Carlos Villanueva went six strong innings without giving up a run. He gave up five hits, one walk and struck out seven, including a stretch of six straight strikeouts. Villanueva seemed to have a lot of pitches left after the sixth, but was removed from the game because he had been suffering from a low-grade fever all day. Darren Oliver pitched a clean seventh inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Brad Lincoln came in for the eighth and commanded his pitches better than in his last few appearances and also pitched a three-up-three-down inning. Closer Casey Janssen converted his second save in as many days with a clean ninth inning, shoring up the 2-0 victory for Toronto.
The only scoring in the game came in the bottom of the first as Kelly Johnson doubled to right field and scored Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind. Toronto managed to set up the scoring opportunity with two out, a rarity over the past few months. After Rajai Davis struck out and Colby Rasmus flied out, Encarnacion walked. Adam Lind followed up with a single to left in his first ever at bat against Rays’ starter Matt Moore. Yunel Escobar followed with a four-pitch walk to load the bases.
Toronto got some positive news today as both Jason Frasor and J.P. Arenciabia could be set to rejoin the team soon. Frasor could return as soon as Saturday, with Arencibia possibly coming back closer to the 10th. Still to set timetable for Brett Lawrie’s return, but as the end of the season moves closer, the likelihood of the Jays’ shutting him down for the year looms closer.
Game two Friday night sees Brandon Morrow making his second start since returning from the DL. He only pitched into the fifth against the Orioles last Saturday, but managed to strike out seven, walk one and give up four runs (two of them earned) on six hits. Jeremy Hellickson will try to get his ninth win of the season for the Rays.
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Written by Amanda Tallon
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