Sorry for not posting for the last few days I have been busy with other stuff and couldn’t find time to post.
So the Jays have won one 5-3 over the Phillies, then lost to the Pirates 6-4, then the game was cancelled, and then they lost to the Rays 6-3.
They play the Twins today.
The Jays lost to the Twins 12-2. J.A. Happ started for the Jays and was only able to get one out before he was pulled. Happ’s ERA this spring is 40.50 now. Edwin Encarnacion hit a 2 run homer for the Jays only runs.
Here’s a look at the homerun :
The Jays lost 8-2 to the Yankees. Todd Redmond who pitched two innings got tagged with the loss after giving up three runs on three hits and two walks. Jose Reyes went 1-3 with a double. Edwin Encarnacion, Melky Cabrera, and Adam Lind also hit doubles. Lind the DH today also struck out twice. Encarnacion also struck out twice. Jose Bautista hit his second home run of Spring Training.
Esmil Rogers started for the Jays and pitched two innings giving up one run on three hits. Then Redmond pitched his two innings, after that it was Jeremy Jeffress turn and he pitched 0.2 innings and walked two. John Stilson pitched the rest of the frame and finished it by striking out the only batter he faced. Brett Cecil pitched next and walked two but recorded three strikeouts in his inning of work. Aaron Loup pitched the 7th and gave up one run on two hits. Neil Wagner pitched the 8th and gave up three runs on three hits and then struck out three. Chad Jenkins pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts.
Here’s Bautista’s second homerun of the spring :
The Jays had a 7-2 lead going into the 8th inning before Deck Mcquire gave up four runs in his 1.1 innings of work on four hits and one walk, the Jays brought in Marcus Walden to try to finish the inning off with a lead still intact before the inning was over Walden gave up three runs all unearned on three hits. Marcus Walden got the loss as well as a blown save. Drew Hutchison started for the Jays and struck out four in his two innings of work while giving up one hit and no walks. Following Drew Hutchison, Marcus Stroman came in to pitch and gave up two runs in his two innings of work. Ricky Romero pitched next throwing 11 pitches, only three of which were strikes, he walked two batters in his inning of work. Mickey Storey pitched the 7th getting a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout.
Jose Reyes lead off for the Jays and went 0-3 so far this spring his average is .111. Batting 2nd was Melky Cabrera went 1-3 with a double and is hitting .375 this spring. Jose Bautista went 0-3. Adam Lind went 1-3. Kevin Pillar went 0-2. Chris Getz went 2-3 with a double and a triple and one RBI. Steve Tolleson went 1-2. Dan Johnson who pinch hit for Tolleson in the 6th went 1-2 with a three run homer. Josh Thole went 1-2.
The Jays defeated the Pirates 4-2. The Jays had strong pitching on their side with Mark Buehrle starting and throwing his two innings giving up two hits, one walk and one run, while striking out one. Brandon Morrow pitched his two innings next, giving up one run as well on two hits. Steve Delabar then pitched his inning going 1-2-3 with a strikeout, he got the win. Chad Jenkins pitched a perfect next inning. Sean Nolin pitched the 7th inning and he walked one and gave up one hit. Aaron Sanchez then pitched the 8th giving up one hit and two walks but escaping the inning unscored on. Liam Hendricks, the Jays new acquisition came on to pitch the 9th gave up one walk and got the save.
Anthony Gose lead off for the Jays and went 0-2 with a walk. Munenori Kawasaki batted second and went 2-2 with a walk and a run scored as well as a stolen base. Colby Rasmus was in the 3 hole today and he went 1-3 with two RBI’s. Adam Lind went 0-4. Dioner Navarro went 1-3 with an RBI on a double. Moises Sierra went 1-3. Dan Johnson, the DH today, went 0-2. Maicer Izturis went 0-2. Ryan Goins went 0-2 as well.
Here’s a look at Navarro’s RBI double :
Moises Sierra also played some great defense today :
The Jays won their spring training home opener 7-5 over the Phillies, backed by strong hitting by Jose Bautista 2-2 with a walk and two doubles, Brett Lawrie who went 2-3 with a double, Moises Sierra who went 1-4 with a double and 2 runs scored, and Melky Cabrera who went 1-3 with a double and two RBI’s. Jose Reyes went 1-3 with an RBI. Edwin Encarnacion went 1-3 with two strikeouts. Maicer Izturis went 1-2 with a run scored. In Eric Kratz first game as a Jay he went 0-3 with one passed ball.
Starting the Game for the Jays today was R.A. Dickey and he pitched his two inning in preparation for opening day giving up two hits and two walks and one unearned run while striking out two. After Dickey, Esmil Rogers came on to pitch giving up two runs in his inning of work. Dustin McGowan then pitched a perfect inning. McGowan’s perfect inning was followed by Aaron Loup giving up one run in his inning of work. Jeremy Jeffress then pitched one inning giving up one hit and a walk but no runs. Rob Rasmussen then got his first work as a Jay and pitched a good inning giving up one hit. Marcus Walden finished the game out for the Jays getting a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts.
Here’s a look at Melky Cabrera’s two RBI double.
The Jays defeated the Phillies 4-3 in a 7 inning rain shorted contest, backed by strong pitching from Todd Redmond who even though he was not starting got the win (1-0). J.A. Happ started for the Jays and pitched one inning, throwing 37 pitches, giving up four hits, one walk, and three strikeouts. Todd Redmond pitched two perfect innings striking out one. Kyle Drabek then pitched 1.2 innings giving up one run and walking three, while striking out one. Neil Wagner then pitched one inning, with one strikeout. He was followed by Chad Jenkins who got the save (1) by pitching to one batter to finish the game.
Jose Reyes started the spring season off on the hitting side of the ball, going 0-3 with a strikeout. Hitting second was Melky Cabrera who went 1-2 with a walk. Jose Bautista went 1-2 with his first homerun of the year as well as a base on balls. Edwin Encarnacion went 1-3 with one strikeout. Adam Lind went 1-2 with an RBI. Brett Lawrie went 1-2 with a double. Colby Rasmus went 1-2 with a double and an RBI. Jays fans got our first look at the Jays new catcher Dioner Navarro who played great defense but went 0-3 with one strikeout. Ryan Goins went 0-2. Moises Sierra who came into the game for Colby Rasmus went 1-1 with a triple.
Here’s a look at Jose Bautista’s moonshot to open up the scoring for the Jays in the first inning.
Tomorrow the Jays play the Phillies again but this time in their home spring training ballpark. R.A. Dickey is supposed to take the ball.
Tomorrow at 1:05 pm J.A. Happ starts off the Jays spring training against the Phillies, today the Jays played a 5 inning intersquad game, Drew Hutchison and Marcus Stroman got the start.
The Jays pitching setup for tomorrow looks to be like this,
J.A. Happ, Todd Redmond, Kyle Drabek, Chad Jenkins, Neil Wagner, and Mickey Story.
Here is the rule change that people have been waiting to see about collisions at home plate,
OFFICIAL BASEBALL RULE 7.13
Collisions at home plate
A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate). If, in the judgment of the umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball). In such circumstances, the umpire shall call the ball dead, and all other baserunners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the collision.
Rule 7.13 comment: The failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation of Rule 7.13. If the runner slides into the plate in an appropriate manner, he shall not be adjudged to have violated Rule 7.13. A slide shall be deemed appropriate, in the case of a feet first slide, if the runner’s buttocks and legs should hit the ground before contact with the catcher. In the case of a head first slide, a runner shall be deemed to have slid appropriately if his body should hit the ground before contact with the catcher.
Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score. If, in the judgment of the umpire, the catcher without possession of the ball blocks the pathway of the runner, the umpire shall call or signal the runner safe. Notwithstanding the above, it shall not be considered a violation of this Rule 7.13 if the catcher blocks the pathway of the runner in order to field a throw, and the umpire determines that the catcher could not have fielded the ball without blocking the pathway of the runner and that contact with the runner was unavoidable.
This means that a baserunner cannot change his course from moving towards home plate in an attempt to hit the catcher and jar the ball will result in the baserunner being called out even if he jars the ball loose, as well as that a catcher cannot block the plate without the ball in his hands.
The Jays have said that J.A. Happ will open spring training up for the Jays, he will pitch two innings. Happ enters spring training labelled as the number 4 starter for the year. Last year he went 5-7 with a 4.56 ERA in 18 games
Overall in his MLB career Happ is 40-42 with a 4.25 ERA in 134 games, 114 of which have been starts.