For the second time in as many games the Blue Jays and the Indians went to extra innings to decide game two of the three game set on Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field. This time it was the Indians tying it up in the ninth to force the additional frames. The Blue Jays and Indians have now already played the equivalent of three games (plus an inning) against one another.
Brandon Morrow and Ubaldo Jimenez both had strong outings, going seven innings with three walks, three strikeouts and allowing only one hit each. Each pitcher also allowed 2 runs, however Morrow's were unearned after a throwing error by Arencibia in the fifth inning allowed the inning to continue for Jason Kipnis to hit a two run home run giving Cleveland the lead. Toronto tied it up on a two run single from Brett Lawrie in the seventh.
Then in the ninth Kelly Johnson hit his first home run of the year just over the glove of a leaping Micheal Brantley to give Toronto a 3-2 lead for Sergio Santos heading to the bottom of the ninth. Santos retired the first batter he faced, but then surrendered a solo home run to Asdrubal Cabrera tying the game once again and sending it to extra innings.
Rajai Davis was the hero in the twelfth, smacking a two run double to give the Jays a 6-3 lead. Colby Rasmus promptly added to that number, collecting his first hit and RBI of the season driving in Davis from second with a single. Francisco Cordero came on in the bottom of the twefth and despite giving up 3 hits and a run, he got the job done. Jays win 7-4.
Some positives that I take from this game:
Morrow looked very good. I think that if he keeps his walks under control, this year will be the break out year that we've been waiting for from Brandon Morrow.
Colby Rasmus hit the ball hard a couple of times and came up empty. Don't worry about him, he is going to hit. I fear that if this keeps up I may actually wind up a Rasmus fan...
I never got a chance to post about spring training, but Kelly Johnson looked great in Dunedin when I saw him and it appears he is continuing to see the ball well and drive it when he connects. I really think he is going to have a nice year this year.
The Blue Jays are now 2 and 0 and have secured their first series victory. Game three goes this afternoon with Joel Carreno taking the hill for the Jays against Derek Lowe.
First pitch is at 1:05. The question is, what inning will the last pitch be thrown in?