Blue Jays Lose Ugly 22-5

J.A. Happ was just awful and Esmil Rogers was no better.  The two combined to give up 17 runs and 21 hits in less than six innings.  The wind was blowing out towards right field, but the Pirate pitchers left the ball in the park except for Matt Tuiasosopo.  Happ and Rogers were batting practice, giving up more hits than outs in the Pirates 22-5 win over the Blue Jays.

The Pirates chose to have the pitcher hit while the Blue Jays used the DH.  Wandy Rodriguez did not embarrass himself swinging the stick.  On a full count in the second inning he slugged a ball into the right field bullpen to give the Pirates a 4-0 lead.  He also slapped a single inside the first base line to drive in a second run.  Edwin Encarnacion did not make an out for the Blue Jays as a DH, going 1 for 1 with two walks.  He did make a baserunning blunder forgetting the number of outs.

There were Pirate offensive stars throughout the lineup.  Starling Marte collected five hits in six at bats and drove in four runs.  Jose Tabata went 4 for 4 and was just a triple short of the cycle.  He was removed from the game in the fifth inning.  Travis Snyder came into right field for Tabata and went 3 for 3, giving the right field spot 7 hits in 7 at bats.

The only inning the Pirates did not score was the first inning, but a caught stealing prevented that.  They still bashed two hits off Happ.  His ERA coming into this game was 20.25 and he gave up seven runs in just three innings.  He gave up more hits today than he had given up in his previous three just awful starts.

The only player on the Pirates who did not look good was Pedro Alvarez.  He swung and missed on a curveball and high fastball in his first two at bats for strikeouts.  He was the only player in the starting lineup not to get a hit.

Game Notes: The Blue Jays were given an extra run in the third inning.  Melky Cabrera was on third and Edwin Encarnacion on second.  Both players must have forgotten how many outs there were because they both ran on a flyout to center with just one out.  McCutchen threw the ball to second to double up Encarnacion, but they counted the Cabrera run because he had crossed the plate.  To eliminate that run the Pirates would have had to appeal Cabrera leaving early at third…Josh Bell made a pinch hit appearance and swung at the first pitch, grounding out to short so we didn’t see a lot of his swing.  He made a catch in right field with a runner on third and appeared confused where to throw the ball, throwing the ball to no particular base.  With the Blue Jays losing 22-3 there was no need to risk taking the extra base, so they did not take advantage of the gaffe…Esmil Rogers had trouble throwing the ball 60 feet.  His balls were only going 58 feet, resulting in four wild pitches and a plethora of one hop scoops for the catcher…Walker Gourley cleared the bases with a 3-run double to get the Pirates to 20 runs.  It was the first game myworld has ever attended in which one team has scored 20.  Gourley made a nice bare hand defensive play to end the game, showing some defensive chops for third base.

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