Jays blanked yet again
TORONTO—Home has been more sour than sweet for Toronto Blue Jays’ starter Drew Hutchison so far this season.
The right-hander’s two shortest starts of the year both have come at Rogers Centre—and the briefest came yesterday when he allowed six hits and five runs in three innings as the Jays lost 5-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals for the second-straight day.
The 23-year-old said he doesn’t know the reason for the disparity.
“Obviously I feel the same way when I take the mound every time, home or on the road,” Hutchison noted.
“I just haven’t executed well here and put together good games.”
Jays’ manager John Gibbons doesn’t understand it, either.
“He’s definitely pitched better on the road,” Gibbons noted. “Some guys are like that.
“It’s hard to put a finger on it,” he added. “I don’t know why it is.
“He wasn’t very good today but he’s been pretty good for us.”
Hutchison’s shortest start before yesterday’s was 3 1/3 innings against the N.Y. Yankees, who scored six runs against him back on April 6.
Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta homered against Hutchison while left-hander Jaime Garcia stifled the Jays on three hits and three walks over seven innings.
Right-hander Shelby Miller blanked the Jays 5-0 on Saturday.
“They stuck it to us pretty good the last couple of days,” Gibbons said. “They pitched.
“We couldn’t get anything going today.”
Garcia (2-0), who started the season on the disabled list after shoulder surgery ended his 2013 campaign, allowed three hits and three walks while striking out four in his fifth start of the season.
The walks were the first he’s allowed this year.
“They’ve got one of the best lineups in the league and I knew it was going to be a tough challenge,” Garcia said.
“I was able to get them off-balance a little bit and then tried to keep the ball down.”
Pat Neshek replaced Garcia in the eighth inning before Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth.
Todd Redmond took over for Hutchison in the fourth and pitched a bullpen-saving five scoreless innings, allowing four hits while striking out three.
Brett Cecil took over in the ninth.
“[Hutchison] didn’t have a lot of snap on the ball,” Gibbons noted. “They hit him around pretty good so I got him out of there.
“Redmond pitched a nice ballgame, kept us in the game,” he added.
The series loss ended a string of seven-successive series in which the Jays had not been defeated—something they had not done since June, 2000.
The Jays (38-26) last were undefeated in eight-consecutive series back in 1993.
“Just a great win, great series against a team that couldn’t be any hotter than they were when we rolled in here,” said Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny.
“[Garcia] had a real good feel for everything today and executed when he had to.
“Exactly what we needed for this last game,” Matheny added.
In AL action yesterday, Houston bombed Minnesota 15-4, Oakland dumped Baltimore 11-1, Seattle blanked Tampa Bay 5-0, Kansas City nipped New York 2-1, Cleveland edged Texas 3-2, L.A. doubled Chicago 4-2, and Boston beat Detroit 5-3.
Over in the NL, Cincinnati beat Philadelphia 4-1, Milwaukee shaded Pittsburgh 1-0, Miami edged Chicago 4-3, San Francisco downed New York 6-4, Arizona topped Atlanta 6-5, Washington blanked San Diego 6-0, and L.A. dumped Colorado 6-1 (six innings).