The Blue Jays’ overall difficulty winning games aside, this past road trip has seen the team play a lot of baseball in a short span. After leaving Toronto last weekend, the team’s current trip features two double-headers and leads right into their last homestand of the season. When all is said and done, Toronto will have played 17 games in 15 days to close out 2012.
Game one in Baltimore on Monday was originally scheduled from a nighttime start, but was bumped up when the Orioles and Jays were rained out on July 26th.
Henderson Alvarez wasn’t quite as sharp as his last start, but managed to pitch until two outs in the sixth inning. Although he struck out six, he gave up eight hits and was hurt by the homerun, a trend Alvarez has exhibited all season. Adam Jones started the scoring in the fourth with a two-run shot to left, followed by a solo shot in the fifth by Ryan Flaherty. After intentionally walking Jim Thome to load the bases with none out in the sixth, only one run managed to score as Alvarez got Mark Reynolds to ground into a double play. Brett Cecil came on to finish the inning and got Flaherty to ground out to second.
It was another quiet day at the plate for the Jays. Although they got seven hits, they didn’t really manage any scoring opportunities until late in the game. With two out, Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind got back-to-back singles. Encarnacion went to third on Lind’s bloop single and scored on Rajai Davis’ 23rd double of the season.
With the 4-1 loss, Toronto extended their losing streak to seven games.
Game two started off better for Toronto’s offense. Encarnacion hit his 41st homerun of the season to drive in two in the first inning. J.P. Arencibia hit a sac fly in the second to score Moises Sierra, while Omar Vizquel advanced to third after getting on base with a double. Anthony Gose followed up with a single to score Vizquel and give the Jays a 4-0 lead at the time. Arencibia hit a grandslam in the seventh, that afford to Jays a good number of insurance runs.
Ricky Romero seemed to have slightly better control than his previous outing. He managed eight hits over five innings, but still walked more Orioles than he struck out, 5 and 4 respectively. By no means his best start over his 15 game losing streak, Romero finally managed to pitch well enough and get enough run support from his offense to get his first win since June 22nd against the Marlins.
Gose showed off his impressive arm in the sixth inning, throwing out Taylor Teagarden to end the inning. The play put a stop to one of Baltimore’s scoring opportunities, as they had the bases loaded at the time.
Aaron Laffey heads to the mound on Wednesday against the Orioles’ Joe Saunders. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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