Chase Anderson sharp as Brewers blank slumping Blue Jays 2-0
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 11:01
Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (0-1) will face Milwaukee RHP Wily Peralta (1-0) in Toronto's home opener Tuesday night. The Jays were outhit 41-24 in the four losses prior to Wednesday's game.
"We should feel good". Toronto has matched its worst start after six games, which came in 2014.
The game served as a microcosm of the Jays' season, as they struggled to reach base or score. Fransisco Liriano, who was spectacular during spring training, only managed to get one out, while giving up five runs in the process. "I don't know how he could have been any better". "I know once the guys get going it's going to be scary".
"It's a long season, it's a marathon", Martin said before the game. "Zero reason to panic".
Toronto came into the game hitting.196 with only Kansas City sporting a worse average in the majors.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Donaldson's latest injury is in a different spot. I'm leaning slightly toward the Blue Jays here based on potential, but I think the reasonable play here is the under, given the solid pitching matchup. It looked lifeless outside of the night's dynamic duo of Tulowitzki and Kendrys Morales who went 5-for-7. "We're a group of experienced guys that don't pay attention to that sort of stuff. We can kind of protect him a little bit". Russell Martin couldn't crack his goose egg, Jose Bautista continued to swing through pitches, and even a ninth-inning cameo from Donaldson couldn't change the Blue Jays' fortunes.
"There's definitely people who are frustrated", he added.
And with that, a team that made it to the post-season the past two Octobers is now 1-7 and plunging into a hole deep enough to soon have serious consequences. "It's just not showing up right now for the games".
The Brewers wasted no time jumping on Happ, scoring twice in the first inning on Keon Broxton's first home run of the year, a booming triple to centre by Travis Shaw and Domingo Santana's RBI single. Marcus Stroman cutter 417 feet over the right-centre fence for a solo homer. "He just had really good stuff". "His fastball has played really well and the off-speed, the curveball is a real weapon for him now".
Jacob Barnes pitched the seventh, Corey Knebel worked the eighth and Neftali Feliz finished for his second save.
Meanwhile, Toronto is 0-6 in their last six Wednesday games, and 6-1 in Stroman's last seven interleague starts.
"Shoot, Stroman was tremendous".
"He pitched good enough to win, those guys aren't going to be pin-point flawless every time they go out there though", he said.
It was the first complete game by a Jay since R.A. Dickey in September 2015. He walked two and struck out seven. But Martin went down looking in disbelief at the called third strike from umpire Jerry Layne.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chase Anderson (57) throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Anderson was back in the fifth, needing just six pitches to retire the side.