Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Game 79 Recap - Blue Jays 2, Pirates 1

After last night’s home run derby in Toronto if I told you that tonight would be a 2-1 game with a combined 13 hits would you have believed me? I wouldn’t have even believed myself. Well, that is exactly what happened tonight at the Rogers Centre in a 2-1 defeat for the Pirates. The base running was bad and so was the offense for Paul Maholm who once again couldn’t get any help for a strong performance.

The Pirates actually got on the board first when Ronny Cedeno (who was the only offensive player to show up tonight) singled home Lyle Overbay. That was it for the offense.

The Jays tied the game with a leadoff home run from Eric Thames in the sixth and then took the lead in the seventh when Yunel Escobar doubled home Raji Davis. That was it. That was your scoring.

Thoughts:

-Tough game for the offense. They only had four hits and really never looked in sync. Cedeno had two hits and Chase d’Arnaud and Lyle Overbay had the other one. Not going to cut it. When you have a guy give you a great effort like Paul did today you have to be able to put up three runs to give him a chance for a win and the offense didn’t do that.

-Maholm was good, again, tonight. He went seven full innings and gave up only two runs on nine hits on 98 pitches. After a 21 pitch first inning Paul really settled down and cruised until the sixth inning when Thames went yard and then in the seventh he gave up the hit that just went under Cedeno’s glove to score the next run. Not much you can do with that. All you ask your starting pitchers to do is to give you a chance to win the game and Paul did more than that tonight. Once again the offense couldn’t get any run support for Paul. So is life.

-The base running tonight was terrible. In the fifth inning Neil Walker got on base to lead off then moved to third on a well crafted hit and run by Lyle Overbay. OK, this could be something. Next batter, Matt Diaz, grounds to the left side and Walker gets thrown out by a mile at home. No reason he should have been running with a ball hit to the third baseman. They did score a run later in the inning but that doesn’t excuse bad base running. In the eighth inning Garrett Jones drew a two out walk and brought up Andrew McCutchen. OK, this could lead to something good. Jones then tries to steal (I guess) trips (I guess) and gets picked off. No idea.

Just a tough game to watch and had a really weird feel to it. Whatever. Game tomorrow.

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