BY Jeff Schneberk
Well it just keeps getting worse for the Toronto Blue Jays. They got shut out on Tuesday night, 3-0. They built up a 5-2 lead last night (Wednesday) and nearly found a way to lose it in the bottom of the 9th. And today, they blew it all in the final inning, all against the Cleveland Indians and lost 4-2.
I don’t know what’s going on here. Are the Indians that good? Or are the Blue Jays that bad? On top of the 2 losses, one of the highest rated pitchers in the Majors, just lost his 10th game of the season. The way things had been looking way back in January, this guy should have had at least 10 wins by now and nowhere near that many losses.
Embarking on a 6-game road swing which takes them to Progressive Field in Cleveland and Camden Yards in Baltimore, one win halfway through it isn’t looking so good.
Toronto was never out of any of this week’s 3-game set in Cleveland, they just found ways of losing (on hanging on for dear life) late in the game. Going into Tuesday’s game, Cleveland had a solid 22-12 record on home field which they had started back in April. With two wins against the Jays, they padded it a bit, but overall Toronto should be fully capable of competing with the Indians. In late June and early into this month, Toronto was on a roll. The only team they lost a series to was the Red Sox; in any other year that would almost be expected. This year, it just keeps getting shocking, on a game-by-game basis.
RA Dickey handed his 10th loss of the season while Danny Salazar wins in his MLB debut. Salazar kept Toronto off the scoreboard until the 6th inning when Jose Bautista doubled to deep left field scoring Josh Thole, tying the game at 1-1.
Cleveland added 3 more by the end of the 8th inning; Colby Rasmus scored Adam Lind in the top of the 9th but that was as close as the visitors could get as they saw their record fall to 44-47. Toronto finishes the season series with the Indians having won 2 of 6 games. There is no time for rest for the blue birds as they take their show to Baltimore for the first of another 3-game set, before breaking for 4 days for the MLB All-Star game next week.
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