For anyone who may be watching, Carlos Villanueva has shown this season that he’s capable of being a member of a starting rotation. Of his 14 starts this season, only two of them have been no decisions (including Saturday against Boston) and he’s amassed a 7-5 record. In a season where Toronto rotation needed some stability from somewhere, Villanueva provided a decent starting point.
On Saturday, Villanueva was the first Jays’ started to make it to the seventh inning since the middle of the summer. Over his seven innings worked, he held Boston to two runs on four hits. He managed six strikeouts while walking two, one of which came in the eighth before Aaron Loup came in to face two batters. He walked one and got an out on a sac bunt before being replaced by Steve Delabar. Delabar walked the bases loaded with one out, but managed to get Toronto out of the inning without Boston scoring another run. He struck out Cody Ross and induced an infield pop-up from James Loney.
Delabar gave up the eventually winning run in the ninth inning after Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled to lead-off. After getting a strikeout and a fly-out, Delabar gave up another double to Pedro Ciriaco that brought Saltalamacchia home. Brett Cecil eventually came into the inning and got the final Boston out by striking out Daniel Nava, but not before walking Dustin Pedroia.
The offense for the Jays’ struggled against Clay Buchholz, who has an ERA under 1.50 at Rogers Centre. In total, Toronto was one for five with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. After scoring in the first off Yunel Escobar’s single to bring Edwin Encarnacion home, the Jays’ only managed to score one more run in the fifth as Adam Lind drove in Anthony Gose with a sac fly.
Gose managed a two-out single in the ninth, which prompted thoughts of a possible tying run. It wasn’t to be as Rajai Davis ended the game by striking out. As has been the often case with Toronto’s inconsistent offense, it was a case of too little too late.
Sunday’s game wraps up the season series against the Red Sox and Jays. Brandon Morrow will try to bounce back from his last start on Tuesday against Seattle. Jon Lester will start for the Red Sox, as they try for the three game sweep.
Game time is set for 1:07 p.m.
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Written by Amanda Tallon
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