Defensive Error Kills Toronto Blue Jays Against San Francisco Giants
It was an all too familiar sight for the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night as they opened up their second two-game set of the season against the San Francisco Giants. The Blue Jays committed two defensive errors in the game, one of which cost them dearly as the Giants cashed in to take the win.
In the bottom of the second inning, a throwing error by fill-in third baseman Edwin Encarnacion allowed Giants outfielder Hunter Pence to reach base. Pence then reached second base on a ground out, before Andres Torres launched his second home run of the season on a line drive to centre field.
In what was a superb comeback outing for Josh Johnson on the mound, he ultimately ended up with the loss. Making just his fifth start of the season, Johnson tossed seven innings, gave up six hits, two runs (only one was earned) and drew six whiffs.
The Blue Jays certainly needed a quality start from a starting pitcher, not only to give their overworked bull-pen a deserved rest, but also to keep their offense in the game. Unfortunately the latter could not get much going, apart from an Encarnacion moon shot in the first.
Edwin now has seventeen home runs on the season, but it was his defense that once again cost the Blue Jays during a critical stretch in the season. He is no stranger to the hot corner, but also no master. He committed seven errors in nine games to start the 2011 season and has since shared time at first base and as the designated hitter.
While normal third baseman Brett Lawrie is recovering from a sprained ankle on the DL, the Blue Jays decided to give Edwin another shot. It ultimately came back to bite them somewhere soft and tender, and skipper John Gibbons will have to think of a Plan B, because Plan A just cost him another game.
The two teams go at it again tonight at AT&T park with R.A. Dickey facing fellow ace Barry Zito on the mound. The Blue Jays now sit 11.5 games back of first in the AL East and 9 back of a wild card spot. As ever, Go Jays!