The Toronto Blue Jays will look to stay in the win column tonight when the team host their division rival in the first-place Boston Red Sox. The Jays pulled out a gutsy win in game one of the series by a score of 9-7, powered by two home runs by first baseman Edwin Encarnacion. One of the home runs was a moon shot to the upper deck of the Rogers Centre off of Red Sox ace Jon Lester.
Prior to game one, Blue Jays veteran infielder Mark DeRosa called a players-only meeting to address the Jays recent play. DeRosa was quoted in response to the meeting “”We needed to come together and not have to have it be Gibby all the time. We can’t allow it to become the norm and … when it comes from your peers it sometimes hits home a little bit harder”
Workhorse pitcher Mark Buehrle takes the mound in search of his second win as a member of the Blue Jays. The lefty is 1-1 with an inflated 6.35 earned run average in five starts this season. Buehrle will be in tough as he squares off against Clay Buchholz, who looks rejuvenated this season, posting a 5-0 record with a minuscule earned run average of 1.19.
The Jays are hopeful that the month of May will be kinder to them than their disastrous April where they only managed to win back-to-back games once during the month.
Encarnacion and company will look to keep the thunder of their bats going tonight against Buchholz.