Monday, August 3, 2015

Blue Jays lose

CHICAGO—Drew Hutchinson wanted to return to the mound after he pitched an ugly first inning.
After the Toronto Blue Jays right-hander recorded two outs, he allowed six runs on a Conor Gillaspie grand slam and a Jordan Danks’ two-run home run.

The Blue Jays warmed up a reliever but wound up keeping Hutchinson in the game. He saved the bullpen by limiting the Chicago White Sox to one run in the next six innings, but Toronto still lost 7-5 yesterday.
“He settled in and did a heck of a job, kind of a glimpse of what the kid can become and what he’s done,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said about Hutchinson. “He gutted it out and gave us a chance to win.
“We had many opportunities. We just couldn’t get that big hit.”
Hutchinson (8-11) held the White Sox to four hits in his final six innings. Chicago scored its seventh run on a Danks sacrifice fly.
Hutchinson has given up six or more runs in four of his last seven starts.
“I just didn’t make good pitches. That’s the bottom line,” Hutchinson said. “I was a little up in the zone. I had two outs, and I had two strikes. I had a good chance to get through the (first) inning with no runs and I gave up six and put us in a big hole.”
After the rocky first inning, Hutchinson said he did a better job of driving the ball down, throwing his sinker and getting groundballs.
Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, his 27th this season and first since returning from the disabled list on Friday. The Blue Jays have lost five of six and 11 of 15 to fall 7 1-2 games behind Baltimore in the AL East and four behind Seattle in the AL wild card race.
Scott Carroll (5-7) allowed five runs in 5 2-3 innings. Jake Petricka earned his ninth save in 12 chances after loading the bases in the ninth.
Toronto grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Jose Reyes scored on a play that was overturned by video review. He originally had been called out at the plate on a throw from first baseman Jose Abreu.
Encarnacion golfed his homer just into the left field bullpen in the fifth as Toronto cut it to 6-4. Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro singled in a run in the sixth to make it 6-5.
Elsewhere in the American League action yesterday, the Mariners trapped the Tigers 8-1; the Orioles soared past the Indians 4-1; the Astros clobbered the Red Sox 8-1; the Rangers wrangled the Angels 3-2; the Yankees reeled in the Rays 4-2; and the Royals doubled the Twins 12-6.
In National League action yesterday, the Cubs beat the Mets 2-1; the Marlins skewered the Diamondbacks 10-3; the Cardinals edged the Padres 7-6; the Nationals sunk the Pirates 6-5; the Giants squashed the Phillies 5-2; and the Brewers doused the Dodgers 7-2.
The Rockies beat the Reds twice in a double-header, with final scores of 10-9 and 10-5.

More stories