Blue Jays’ Bats Stay Hot, Rout Braves
The Toronto Blue Jays continued their improved play Monday night by pummelling the Atlanta Braves 9-3. With The Blue Jays facing veteran ace Tim Hudson, it was important that they didn’t let him settle, and that is exactly what they avoided. Scoring two each in the second and third innings, the Blue Jays gave their starting pitcher Mark Buehrle some breathing room early, something he has not seen too regularly thus far this season. The game was soon put to bed with another two scored off Hudson in the sixth, and then an Edwin Encarnacion bomb to left field off reliever Cory Rasmus turned it into a stroll in the park.
Cory, the younger brother of Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus, must have felt as if he was in a dream when his older brother stepped into the batter’s box to face him in the seventh. It quickly turned from a bad dream into a nightmare when Rasmus senior doubled off Rasmus junior to gain the family bragging rights for the rest of the year. Colby had earlier homered off of Hudson, his eighth of the year.
With the offensive help for Buehrle, the Missouri native tossed six strong innings and put his team in a fantastic position to win the game. His final line was 6IP 5H 1ER 2BB 6SO. It has been quite the struggle for Buehrle early on this season, but with a second quality start in a row, the workhorse is starting to show the Blue Jays just why they acquired him in the offseason from the Miami Marlins. Buehrle lowered his ERA to 5.51 in the process.
The Jays and Braves will go at it again in the final game between the two at Rogers Centre. Brandon Morrow (2-3) will square off against Paul Maholm (6-4) in what will be another crucial game for the Blue Jays. The two teams will head off to Atlanta after the game for another two-game set, and with the Braves 15-5 at home this season, it may not be as easy for the Jays at Turner Field. Today’s game is set for a 12.37 et start. As ever, Go Jays!