Box Score: Blue Jays 11, Indians 9

So, after three innings, did anyone expect this to be a competitive contest? The Indians eventually stranded the tying run on first base in the top of the eighth, as Toronto Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen picked up the final four outs for the save.

This was Ubaldo Jimenez’s worst outing of the season, as he failed to get past a miserable third inning. But Cleveland later rallied back, as led by three-hit-and-a-homer days from Michael Brantley and Shelley Duncan. Reliever Esmil Rogers also deserves some kudos for his final two innings of shutout baseball.

Let’s just hope now that the White Sox and Tigers don’t gain a game tonight. Derek Lowe (8-6, 4.43 ERA) will be on the hill tomorrow afternoon as the Tribe looks for the series victory at the Rogers Centre.

Scoring Summary
Bot 1st: Toronto
– A. Lind doubled to right, C. Rasmus and J. Bautista scored
Top 2nd: Cleveland
– S. Duncan hit by pitch, J. Lopez scored, C. Santana to third, M. Brantley to second
– C. Kotchman grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, C. Santana scored, M. Brantley to third, S. Duncan out at second
Bot 3rd: Toronto
– E. Encarnacion homered to deep left, J. Bautista scored
– Y. Escobar homered to deep left, A. Lind scored
– J.P. Arencibia doubled to deep right center, K. Johnson scored
– B. Lawrie doubled to right, J.P. Arencibia scored
– A. Lind singled to center, B. Lawrie and J. Bautista scored, E. Encarnacion to third
Top 4th: Cleveland
– S. Duncan homered to deep left, M. Brantley scored
Bot 5th: Toronto
– E. Encarnacion homered to deep left center
Top 8th: Cleveland
– M. Brantley homered to deep right, C. Santana scored
– C. Kotchman homered to deep right, S. Duncan scored
– T. Hafner singled to shallow left center, A. Cabrera scored, J. Kipnis to second
 Cleveland
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBSeason Avg
S. Choo rf401001100.295
A. Cabrera ss410001103.279
J. Kipnis 2b401001101.275
J. Lopez 3b411000002.267
    T. Hafner ph101100000.237
    J. Hannahan pr-3b000000000.239
C. Santana dh320002103.221
M. Brantley cf423211000.299
S. Duncan lf423310000.235
C. Kotchman 1b511210001.241
L. Marson c401000101.293
 Totals379128365011
 Batting
2B – S Choo (27, A Laffey).
HR – M Brantley (4, 8th inning off J Chavez 1 on, 0 Out), S Duncan (9, 4th inning off A Laffey 1 on, 1 Out), C Kotchman (9, 8th inning off J Chavez 1 on, 0 Out).
RBI – T Hafner (26), M Brantley 2 (44), S Duncan 3 (24), C Kotchman 2 (36).
2-out RBI – T Hafner.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – A Cabrera 1, C Santana 1, L Marson 1.
GIDP – C Kotchman.
Team LOB – 8.
 Toronto
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBSeason Avg
B. Lawrie 3b412101011.290
C. Rasmus cf410001204.253
J. Bautista rf331002001.242
E. Encarnacion 1b422321102.295
A. Lind dh514400000.232
Y. Escobar ss511210104.254
K. Johnson 2b411001020.247
R. Davis lf400000102.243
J.P. Arencibia c412100001.230
 Totals37111311365315
 Batting
2B – B Lawrie (17, S Barnes); J Bautista (13, U Jimenez); A Lind (9, U Jimenez); K Johnson (9, U Jimenez); J Arencibia 2 (13, U Jimenez, S Barnes).
HR – E Encarnacion 2 (25, 3rd inning off U Jimenez 1 on, 0 Out, 5th inning off J Accardo 0 on, 2 Out), Y Escobar (6, 3rd inning off U Jimenez 1 on, 0 Out).
RBI – B Lawrie (34), E Encarnacion 3 (61), A Lind 4 (24), Y Escobar 2 (34), J Arencibia (42).
2-out RBI – E Encarnacion, A Lind 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – B Lawrie 1, C Rasmus 1, Y Escobar 2.
Team LOB – 8.
 Base Running
SB – B Lawrie (12, 3rd base off S Barnes/L Marson), K Johnson 2 (9, 2nd base off U Jimenez/L Marson, 3rd base off U Jimenez/L Marson).
 Fielding
Outfield assists – R Davis.
DP – 1 (Y Escobar-K Johnson-E Encarnacion).
 Cleveland
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPSeason ERA
U. Jimenez (L, 8-8)2.17884221.585.09
S. Barnes1.23222201.858.31
J. Accardo2.02110011.383.55
E. Rogers2.01000100.591.76
 Toronto
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPSeason ERA
A. Laffey (W, 1-1)5.08443411.163.38
A. Loup2.00000000.000.00
J. Chavez0.03441021.578.85
A. Carpenter0.20112102.509.00
C. Janssen (S, 13)1.11000000.872.21
  • UCBearcat2016

    Man, when it rains it pours with Ubaldo. He’s either phenomenal or scary bad, it’s like there’s no middleground with him. Fun comeback though, I’m impressed we made this one competitive.