The bad play got started with a poor pitching performance and a hit batsman from Josh Johnson. J.P. Arencibia had a passed ball and adding insult to injury, he was called for catcher’s interference. Through a combination of bad luck and bad play, the Blue Jays set the dreadful tone early in the game. Johnson was so bad on the mound that he was pulled in the third inning before he was able to record one out.
The bullpen was the one positive from the pitching staff. When Aaron Loup came into the game to relieve Johnson, it looked like the bullpen was going to keep the game close and stop the bleeding. That ended in the sixth inning when the bullpen allowed four runs. The eight-run lead the Dodgers built was too much for the ice-cold Blue Jay bats to overcome.
The Blue Jay batters were a positive force in this game with 13 hits while going 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position. They also saw a lot of pitches and made solid contact with the ball. Even with impressive-looking numbers, the hits were spread out over nine innings, never enabling the Blue Jays to gain the big inning they needed to get back in the game.
I would really like to see the Blue Jays start winning games again. For this to happen, it looks like they will have to start with the offense.