Game over: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Bad day all around for the Red Sox. They were limited to two hits (Jacoby Ellsbury’s leadoff double in the first inning and Dustin Pedroia’s two-out infield hit in the ninth) and lost John Lackey to a biceps strain in the fifth inning while making his first appearance since Sept. 25, 2011 after missing all of 2012 with Tommy John surgery.
He left the game clutching his right arm. He had pitched well to that point, allowing a two-run homer to J.P. Arencibia, but Alfredo Aceves came on and allowed a three-run bomb to Colby Rasmus to put the game out of reach before 45,707 at Rogers Centre.
The game ended on a great catch against the center field wall by Rasmus, robbing Mike Napoli of extra bases.
Bottom 8th: Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Aceves allowed a one-out double down the left field line to Arencibia. He struck out Mark DeRosa but got Rasmus to ground out.
Top 8th: Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Sox still have only one hit.
Bottom 7th: Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Better inning for Aceves with two Ks.
Top 7th: Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Delabar pitching tough, Sox retired 1-2-3. Napoli has struck out for the third time. Attendance today is 45,797 as Blue Jays fever is pretty high.
Bottom 6th: Jays 5, Red Sox 0: How’s the audition going for the No. 5 spot in the rotation now that Lackey has been injured? Not well for Alfredo Aceves. He allowed a three-run homer to Colby Rasmus. Ouch.
Top 6th: Jays 2, Red Sox 0: Sox finally get Happ out of the game after he walked Shane Victorino with one out. Happ allowed one hit, three walks and pitched very well. he struck out six. He was replaced by Steve Delabar who retired the Sox.
Bottom 5th: Jays 2, Red Sox 0: Bad news as John Lackey leaves the game clutching his right arm after an errant 2-2 pitch to Jose Reyes’ legs. Lackey had stretched his arm as if experiencing discomfort on the pitch before. He was replaced by Alfredo Aceves, who received all the time he needed to warm up.
Top 5th: Jays 2, Red Sox 0: Happ has retired seven straight with his second 1-2-3 inning. Really hitting his spots well with his 92-93 fastball. Happ replaced Ricky Romero in the rotation as the Jays’ fifth starter.
Bottom 4th: Jays 2, Red Sox 0: Arencibia showed his tremendous power with a two-run homer that cleared the fence in straightaway center on a 2-0 pitch that Lackey left over the plate. Adam Lind singled with one out on a low breaking ball that he reached out and stroked to center. Lackey ended the inning with his seventh strikeout – Rasmus.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Jays 0: Happ strikes out the side (Napoli, Middlebrooks, Gomes) and now has matched Lackey’s six strikeouts.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Jays 0: Lackey struck out Rasmus, his fifth and then retired Emilio Bonafacio on a grounder to first. But he allowed back-to-back singles to Jose Reyes (who else?) and Rajai Davis before he struck out Melky Cabera, for his sixth strikeout.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Jays 0: Sox had two runners on base vs. Happ. Pedro Ciriaco, subbing for Jose Iglesias, who has a right arm contusion after being HBP Friday, drew a walk. He stole second base and went to third on an overthrow by Arencibia. On Ellsbury’s grounder to first base, Encarnacion gunned Ciriaco down at the plate. Victorino walked, but Pedroia fouled out to third.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: Lackey looking good. Two more K’s. Has four through two innings.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: Happ retires Middlebrooks, Gomes and Ross, two of them on ground balls to Reyes at short.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: John Lackey, making his first start since September 25, 2011, got out of the first inning with two strikeouts after Jose Reyes led off with a single and stole second base.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: Things started out promising, eh? Jacoby Ellsbury slapped a double down the third base line against J.A. Happ. But Happ induced a Shane Victorino pop up and a Dustin Pedroia strikeout. After Ellsbury stole third, Mike Napoli took a called third strike on a 93 mph fastball on the outside corner.
Greetings from Rogers Centre where the second game of this three-game series is underway – John Lackey vs. JA Happ. The crowd doesn’t appear as vicious toward manager John Farrell as it was Friday night. But it’s early.