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The Blue Jays’ four-game win streak came to an end with a sloppy all-around effort that featured poor defense and a starting pitcher who emerged with an ugly line for the game – two very unusual things for the Blue Jays one-sixth of the way through their season.

They didn’t get a third straight shutout, which would have matched the team record set in 1983 by Dave Stieb, Jim Clancy and Luis Leal (with an inning of relief work from Randy Moffitt), but they pretty much would have needed it to win, given that they only managed two runs off Angels’ starter C.J. Wilson.

Kyle Drabek winds up looking at five innings of five-run, eight-hit ball, with five walks, but he wasn’t quite that bad.  Drabek struggled with his control all night – he walked Vernon Wells twice! – but came off the mound at the end of the 5th inning trailing only 2-1.

His night probably should have been done there, given how he’d been coming out of his mechanics and pitching in trouble almost the whole game and that the Blue Jays’ bullpen had thrown all of one inning over the course of the last three games, but John Farrell sent him back out for the 6th and he gave up a leadoff home run to Mark Trumbo.  Then there was a walk, an infield single and a bunt single and all of a sudden the bases were loaded with nobody out and Drabek’s day was done.  Jason Frasor came in and all three runners wound up scoring.

Some fans will (and did) blame Farrell for the loss, but it’s not on him.  Sure you could make the argument that Drabek shouldn’t have come back out for the 6th, but I’m thinking Farrell did it both because Drabek was only down a run and in order to help the 24 year-old’s development along.  If one is to be a key cog in a starting rotation in the bigs, which is what the Blue Jays hope Drabek will eventually be, one is going to have to go out and suck up some innings without having your best stuff every once in a while.  This wasn’t one of those nights, but it was a reasonable opportunity to see if Drabek could do it – and he’d only thrown 87 pitches over the first five innings, so he shouldn’t have been overtaxed.

Don’t get me started on the defense – whether it was overcommitting or undercommitting on bunts, both Frasor and Luis Perez being unable to make an accurate throw to second base to start double plays, or a routine bouncing ball going right through Adam Lind’s legs, this was an ugly one – all the way down to Jose Bautista striking out on a pitch that hit him in the foot.

They’re not all going to be Picassos, and this game should just be tossed out in the dustbin as soon as possible.

The good news?  The Blue Jays’ runs were driven in by Bautista (RBI single) and Lind (solo shot off the lefty).

Here’s this morning’s edition of The Late Night BlueJaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:

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The series in Disneyland ends on Sunday afternoon with 21 year-old Drew Hutchison on the mound facing an Angels line-up that will likely feature a resurgent Albert Pujols.  The slugger had his first game off Saturday night and watched his new teammates score six runs and win after not having scored any with him in the line-ups the two nights previous.  Righty Jerome Williams gets the start for the Halos.  We’ll rev up the engine at 3:00PM Eastern with the pre-game show for a 3:30 first pitch – join us, won’t you?

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9 Responses to “A Night To Forget”
  1. 1.

    Jerome Williams? Really? THE Jerome Williams? The same Jerome Williams who has bounced around the majors, back to the minors, then to the independent league and then on to the Korean league? I guess #5 starters really are in short supply.

    MW: That’s the guy!

    - Jim in Ohio
  2. 2.

    They threw this one away with mental and physical errors.
    Ugly? There is now a low-light reel of the Jays’ mistakes in yesterday’s game in Wikipedia when you perform an internet search on the word “ugly”.
    Good for the Angels for taking advantage of the opportunities. Some lesser teams will miss out on these opportunities.
    There are going to be more games like this but thankfully they are few and far between where the Toronto players have a collective brain cramp trying to turn double plays.

    - Joseph P.
  3. 3.

    Hi mike

    I have no problem with drabek struggling for the first time this year. Even seasoned players struggle sometimes. This is what…. His fourth or fifth start? What I find encouraging is the increased consistency of the starting pitchers. Now if they can get Lind going, they will be all set. I see that even Boston is having a rough time with Baltimore, at home! I don’t feel so bad now with the jays getting swept at baltimore a few weeks ago

    MW: Glad to hear it!

    - Francis
  4. 4.

    Mike…In a save situation if a reliever comes in with a runner on, two out and an error is made behind him allowing runner to score, is it a blown save? I’d be somewhat confused if answer is yes because the unearned run category is there to protect a pitcher’s ERA from shoddy defence(including his own)so a reliever shouldn’t be tagged with a blown save for the same reason.

    MW: The answer is yes. The thing with a save is either you get the save, leave the game with the save situation still intact (a hold, provided you recorded at least one out) or you leave the game with the save situation no longer intact, which is a blown save (unless your team scores a bunch of runs, which negates the save opportunity for the next pitcher). It doesn’t matter whether the run that scores to tie the game is earned or not, a save blown is a save blown.

    - chris m.
  5. 5.

    Mike,
    I disagree with the caller that said the 1st base answer isn’t in the minors. It is and his name is Travis Snider. Not that Snider will play 1st, but he could play left with Thames moving to DH and EE playing 1st. EE has proven to as good at 1st as Lind. Those 4 guys can shuffle through the 3 positions and I think the team is better.

    - Jamie Wine
  6. 6.

    Fun fact:

    Since the beginning of the 2010 season, last night’s home run was Lind’s 6th off a left handed pitcher. In that same amount of time, he has 9 doubles.

    Wait, that’s not fun at all…

    - Kevin
  7. 7.

    Very nice to see Vernon Wells jumping and catching our over the fence offerings. Did the broadcasters interview him? When is our closer coming back to us?

    MW: Santos will be back sometime around the beginning of June.

    - barb
  8. 8.

    Not a great start last night, and not much in the way of defence last night either. I think those double play balls I think will become fewer and further between. Part of Drabek’s talent (luck?) has been the ability to get the double play ball, and certainly, there were enough balls being hit on the ground — but the defence must have spent too much time at the beach yesterday because they looked AWFUL.

    Good to see Lind hit a homer against LHP and to see Bautista get an RBI.

    The Blue Jays can’t win every game, and certainly they didn’t have the right to be even CLOSE last night.

    - Tim in Niagara Falls
  9. 9.

    Mike–I am afraid that you keep telling us ,how good Lynn was years ago. without admitting how bad he is now. Without admitting that striking out time after time & hitting in to double plays regularly, & is not doing the team any good by repeating all of this.I do not care, but this cannot allow to continue. Something has to be done in order to improve the situation.You tell us that the manager says he has to wait for 100 bats before he even changes anything, but you do not say if this is a good idea.How can this be a good idea if he keeps harming the team with his performance? It just make no sense not to lower his batting position.Anything would be an improvement. Thank You—herby2

    MW: His name is Lind, first of all. If you’re going to criticize someone unfairly, you should at least get his name right. Lind has hit into four double plays this season, 35 games in. I wouldn’t exactly call that “regularly”. Also, he’s tied with Brett Lawrie for fifth on the team with 23 strikeouts. You really need to get your facts straight.

    - herby2
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