Posted by: Asher Roth | March 7, 2010

Spring Training, Day 5

Another day, another victory for the Blue Jays, who have torn it up offensively so far this spring. In yet another game against the Tigers (who made this schedule, anyway??), the Jays took advantage of Jeremy Bonderman’s age-old habit of being absolutely abysmal in the first inning, scoring six – yes, six earned runs off him, chasing him with two outs. In fact, Jose Bautista had a lead-off homer off him for his second of the spring, apparently keeping up the tear he was on at the end of last season, while Randy Ruiz smacked a grand slam after Hill, Lind, and Wells all got on base. In other words, the Jays had five runs in the bottom of the first before the Tigers got anyone out. Vernon Wells smacked a two-run shot in the second off Zach Miner to round out the Jays scoring for the entire game.

Pitching-wise, Brian Tallet did not impress, allowing 3 in the first en route to allowing four runs (all earned) on four hits, surrendering long balls to Magglio Ordonez and Ryan Strieby (who?) while walking two and striking out two. The good news is that Jason Frasor, Shawn Camp, and Josh Roenicke all tossed a scoreless inning each, allowing just 3 hits combined, striking out 4. Rommie Lewis, the budding closer of the spring, picked up his second save. Kevin Gregg also pitched an inning, allowing a solo-shot to Gerald Laird (yuck).

As far as the names in the Jays line up, Aaron Hill reached base all three times, with two hits and a walk,Wells, Bautista, Lind, and Alex Gonzalez all reached base, while Travis Snider’s struggles at the plate continued, although he picked up his first RBI of the spring. At this point, he’s gonna have to step it up, since Jeremy Reed is batting .417 thus far, adding a hit and a run scored today.

The Jays improve to 4-1, while the Tigers fall to 3-2. Tomorrow, the Jays will take their show to Kissimmee to play the 2-2 Astros.



  1. Bonderman doesn’t have much left in his diminishing arsenal – nonetheless we’ll take it. Historically, it seems the Jays have way too often made mediocre pitchers look like Gods. This would be a good year to stop doing that.

    Deep down inside the dark recesses of what passes for my mind – I still have hope for this year. But then I’m hoping Avatar wins best picture.

    One last thought – I love little Randy Ruiz – there I’ve said it – and in public.

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