After sweeping the Orioles, I wasn’t quite sure how the Blue Jays would do against the Boston Red Sox this past weekend.
Well, the Jay’s winning streak came to an end on Friday, as the Jays got hammered 7-2. Earlier in the game, their defense was good, but they were unable to produce runs, which allowed Boston to break the game wide open in the middle and late innings. Even Jay’s manager, John Farrell said at a press conference after the game that his team had a lot of missed opportunities to score.
Saturday’s game was almost as bad as Friday’s.
“Just looking back at this one (the game) this is a case of missed opportunities,” said Blue Jay’s manager, John Farrell at Saturday’s postgame press conference.
The Red Sox opened the scoring at the top of the second inning when Wll Middlebrooks drove in Jarrod Saltalmacchia from third base with a single.
Nick Punto put the Red Sox up 2-0 by driving in Ryan Sweeney from third base with a double.
Daniel Nava then drove in Middlebrooks and Punto with a single to make it 4-0.
Mathis hitting solo home run
The Jays got their first run in the bottom of the third inning when Jeff Mathis hit a solo home run to right center field.
Boston got their four run lead back in the fourth inning when Middlebrooks drove in Kevin Youilis on a double play.
Down 5-2, in the bottom of the fifth inning, Jose Bautista cut Boston’s lead to two runs with a solo home run.
There was no scoring until the top of the eighth inning when Sweeney drove in David Ortiz with a routine groundout.
In the bottom of the eighth, Edwin Encarnacion scored on an error to make it 6-4.
Boston added another run at the top of the ninth.
In the bottom of the inning, the Blue Jays went down one, two, three and took the loss.
Jays starting pitcher, Kyle Drabek gave up six hits, four earned runs, four walks, and struck out only four batters in 6.2 innings pitched.
The Blue Jays avoided the sweep on Sunday, defeating the Boston 5-1.
“A good win, a much needed win,” said Jay”s manager, John Farrell at Sunday’s postgame press conference.
“Also good to see us score some runs in the first inning,” said Farrell.
Jose Bautista was the main factor for the runs in the first inning as he hit a three run homer to give the Jays a 3-0 lead.
The Jays added two more runs in the second inning. The fourth run came on a bases loaded walk and fifth run was scored when Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a wild pitch with bases still loaded.
Boston’s starting pitcher, Daniel Bard only last a inning and a half . He hit two batters in the second inning, including Encarnacion.
After hitting Encarnacion, he was pulled from the game, but it wasn’t just the Jay’s batters getting hit by wild pitches. Both Kelly Shoppach and Kevin Youkilis also got hit during the game.
Speaking of Shoppach, he hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, which would turn out to be Boston`s only run of the game.
Jay`s starting pitcher, Drew Huchison had a fairly good outing on the mound Sunday, giving up five hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck out five batters in seven innings pitched.
The Blue Jays head off to Chicago to open a three game series on Tuesday against the White Sox.
Jose Bautista celebrates with his teammates after hitting a three run homer in the first inning.