Blue Jays Enter Series with Boston Like a Lion, but Leave Like a Lamb
The Toronto Blue Jays (64-59) pounded the Boston Red Sox (71-54) by a whopping score of 16-2 in the first game of their 3-game set at Fenway, however since then, the Jays have faltered.
In game 2, the Jays managed to rally for 3-runs in the 6th inning to draw even with Boston, only to lose in extra innings.
That was the last time they scored a run in the series.
Game 3 was about control, although it wasn’t the Jays who were taking over, but rather the Boston Red Sox and their young Ace-in-the-making, Clay Buchholz (15-5).
Despite the Jays having plenty of opportunities to conjure up runs, they couldn’t cash-in any of the leadoff hitters who managed to get on base in six of the opening seven innings.
In fact, the blue birds had two runners on base in three of those occassions, only to have Buchholz keep the Jays hitters under wraps for 6 solid shut-out innings.
Overall only three-of-nine Jays collected a hit – two each by Vernon Wells, Jose Bautista and Jose Molina.
In the pitching department, Jays RHP Shawn Marcum was strong, going 7 innings and giving up just 3-earned, while striking out 6 batters against a strong Boston club, but his efforts were not enough to keep Toronto from another disheartening loss.
The road ahead does not get any easier, as the Blue Jays head home to face the first-place New York Yankees (77-47).