Game over: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 1: Strong bullpen, but weak starting pitching and offense today by the Red Sox. Sox take 2 out of 3 against the Jays nontheless. Nick Punto singled with two outs and got to third on a pair of steals, but pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia popped out to end the game. The game was played in 2:52.
Bottom 8th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 1: Rich Hill strands a runner at third by striking out J.P. Arencibia on a called third strike. It’s 6-1/3 scoreless innings by Sox bullpen.
Top 8th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 1: Red Sox look like a dead team today. The Bard start seemed to suck the life out of them. They go down in order in the eighth.
Bottom of 7th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 1: Scott Atchison gets a double-play grounder by Jose Bautista and get through the inning.
Top 7th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 1: Drew Hutchinson did a great job keeping the Red Sox at bay. They were never able to get anything going.
Bottom 6th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 1: Don’t think anyone expected Franklin Morales to go 4-1/3 innings, but he’s done so on 52 pitches. Guessing that’s it, but who knows? Morales struck out four and walked none and really has kept the Red Sox alive in this game, though the offense isn’t clicking right now.
Top 6th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 1: Red Sox rallied a bit but came up short. Kevin Youkilis was hit with a pitch off the left shoulder and got angry and yelled out at Drew Hutchinson. After Ryan Sweeney struck out, Mike Aviles singled to right. Nick Punto made the final out but stroked it long to left field and Rajai Davis had to track it down in deep left.
Bottom 5th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 1: Dumb base running by the Jays in this series. David Cooper doubled to left and then tried to stretch to a triple but Daniel Nava threw him out at third on a nice diving tag by Kevin Youkilis. After a Brett Lawrie single, Morales retired Colby Rasmus on a pop up to first. That’s 3-1/3 scoreless innings for Morales.
Top 5th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 1: Kelly Shoppach homered to right field on a 1-1 pitch. Maybe this will get Sox offense going. Scott Podsednik singled to left center and stole second base on a 2-2 count to Daniel Nava, who eventually walked. Adrian Gonzalez popped out, stranding two runners on base.
Bottom 4th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Morales retires the side. We’ll see how long he can go.
Top 4th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0: The Sox go down in order. Hutchinson is now into his second time around the Sox order and still dominating. Both Ortiz and Youkilis struck out. Sweeney battled to 3-2 before flying out deep to left.
Bottom 3rd: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Morales had to contend with a Nick Punto throwing error which put Colby Rasmus at second base. Morales struck out two batters in the inning.
Top 3rd: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Kelly Shoppach was hit with a pitch (retaliation?). But the Sox went down in order after that as Drew Hutchison regained his composure.
Bottom 2nd: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0: The ugly outing continued for Bard here the in the second inning. He walked the first two batters. Rajai Davis then bailed out Bard by swinging at bad pitches and struck out. Bard then struck out Kelly Johnson, but Yunel Escobar was hit by a pitch off the hands.
Jose Bautista then walked with the bases loaded. Encarnacion was hit off the left hand to force in another run. Encarnacion was in terrible pain, but it gave Franklin Morales enough time to get ready in the bullpen. The crowd started yelling “Get him out!” at Bard. Valentine did just that. He opted for Morales very early, and certainly earlier than Valentine wanted to go to the bullpen, which now faced a maximum 7-1/3 innings of work.
Morales got David Cooper to foul out to third baseman Kevin Youkilis. Bard lasted 1-2/3 innings, 1 hit, 6 walks, 5 runs, two hit batters and two strikeouts. Initial research shows that no pitchers has ever walked six and hit two batters in less than two innings.
Top 2nd: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0: Mike Aviles singled with two outs before Nick Punto grounded out to end the inning. Looks like the Red Sox may get to Drew Hutchinson at some point in the game, but only if Bard doesn’t implode the rest of the way.
Bottom 1st: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0: Looks like Daniel Bard woke up on the wrong side of the bed. He walked Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar and then rode the count to 3-2 to Jose Bautista, who hit a foul homer to left field. On the next pitch, he straightened it out. A second deck shot, which was also the first hit Bautista has ever had against Bard in 10 at-bats.
Bard then walked Edwin Encarnacion with ball four way outside, eluding catcher Kelly Shoppach. That brought pitching coach Bob McClure to the mound. That seemed to help as Bard started throwing strikes and got David Cooper to bounce back to him to start a 1-6-3 double-play. Brett Lawrie then made a long out to center to get Bard back to the dugout where he needed to regroup. Bard’s fastball is around 93 mph and he threw 28 pitches.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: Welcome from Rogers Centre. The Red Sox are facing rookie Drew Hutchison today. He’s 4-2 with a 4.84 ERA. He’s held opponents to a .182 average the first time through the lineup, but .318 thereafter.
Hutchison allowed a two-out double to right to Adrian Gonzalez, who had to hustle into second base to beat Jose Bautista’s throw. That was after Daniel Nava worked the count to 3-2 before flying out to left field.