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Toronto Blue Jays Bats Cannot Prop up Their Starting Pitching Woes

June 20th, 2012 at 7:51 PM
By Toby Gottlieb

The Blue Jays were forced into calling up Joel Carreno to start this afternoon matinee against the Milwaukee Brewers.  This was his sixth appearance and his second start for the Jays this season and it was one I'm sure he would like to forget.  Carreno only lasting three innings and gave up five hits with three of them going for long, no-doubter-type home runs.  He was charged with five earned runs and was clearly struggling as he battled with his command against a pretty potent Brewers lineup.  He is credited with the loss on his record as the Brewers defeated the Jays 8-3.

'Ryan Braun' photo (c) 2008, Steve Paluch - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Ryan Braun was impressive once again in inter-league play.  He went 3-4 with a home run and two RBIs.  His batting average improved to a phenomenal .321 and he is showing the world just why he was named National League MVP in last year's campaign.  He was, however, not the only guy in the Brewers lineup giving Toronto fits on this day.  Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado also went 3-4 with a home run and two RBIs.  His bomb to left field was just as impressive as Braun's dinger in the seventh inning.

The Blue Jays bats could not repeat what they did the night before due in part to a masterful performance by often under rated Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo.  Gallardo pitched 6.2 innings on the afternoon and struck out seven Blue Jays hitters.  He walked two and allowed three runs to score against him which was more than enough for him to earn the victory.  His record improves to 6-5 this season.  He did give a home run to Edwin Encarnacion in the second inning and it was almost as deep as the one he hit last night that bounced of Bernie's slide out in left field.  The one he hit today was to dead centre field and just flew off the bat with that sound that usually comes along with a round-trip back to home plate.

The rest of the Jays offense just couldn't string hits together.  They left 10 men on base and were 1-10 with runners in scoring position as a team.  Encarnacion and Rajai Davis were the only players to have more than one hit in the game.

This game is evidence that in order for the Jays to stay relevant in the AL East they are going to need their offense to perform every single game and their replacement starting pitchers have to occasionally throw some gems.  If the pitching and offense can prop each other up for about a month until Morrow and Hutchison return to starting rotation then not all is lost just yet with this season.  

Tags: Baseball, Edwin Encarnacion, Joel Carreno, MLB, Ryan Braun, Toronto, Toronto Blue Jays, Yovani Gallardo

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