"He's always been tough on us", Gibbons said of Carrasco. Last season he showed a four pitch mix, but relies heavily on his fourseam fastball and slider combination. Encarnacion went 2 for 3 with a walk. All his hits were singles.
What can be even more hard than an emotional homecoming is watching Danny Salazar pitch through the early stages of this season. Seattle jumped ahead 2-1 in the sixth when Dyson hit a single up the middle off Jays starter Marcus Stroman to score Valencia from second with two out.
Twins 7, White Sox 6: Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run homer, then added a fourth RBI with a double as Minnesota outlasted Chicago. What the Indians needed right there was a shutdown inning from Salazar.
Ryan Goins singled with the bases loaded to score Ezequiel Carrera and give the Toronto Blue Jays an 8-7 walkoff victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four road starts this season. Seattle SS Jean Segura had an infield hit in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Unbeaten Dallas Keuchel (6-0) became the first six-game victor in the majors, helped by a home run from Carlos Correa.
"You don't expect it to be this bad", Vincent said. "It might be that I'm doing something different".
The Jays will just have to hope that the magic lasts just a little bit longer. It was supposed to be a fastball away.
He and a lot of the teammates throw weighted balls of various sizes as part of their conditioning.
"We got a few hits", Servais said. I thought he had a really good changeup. What has he been up to in the last six years?
The remarkable grab was one of several plays that helped Stroman (3-2) escape jams. But his elbow was already hurting and he didn't pitch in the All-Star Game. Only twice before in their previous 40 years did they use nine or more starters in their first 40 games: nine in 1995, and 10 in their inaugural 1977 season. He spent time on the disabled list in August and his season all but ended on September 9 when he strained his right forearm against the Twins. He'll make at least one more appearance with Tacoma before being activated.
"If my memory was that good, I'd be frightened", said Bautista. His upper body gets loose faster than his lower body.
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"He felt something in his shoulder", Servais said.
So Salazar is thinking about scrapping the weighted ball program. He's says he's not trying to use it as an excuse, but he's looking for answers.
"That was a big one tonight and it started with Biagini", Travis said. He threw a career-high 125 pitches. "You look at what he's done since the All-Star break a year ago". Seattle OF Guillermo Heredia started in left field after missing the start Thursday because of visa issues entering Canada.
"He's got to do a better job of throwing the ball over the plate and competing before he starts changing up routines".
How far can he let a starting pitcher stay in the game?
There were runners in scoring position in each of his five innings, and the leadoff batter reached four times. Over 31.2 innings he's allowed 20 hits, 4 walks, with 19 strikeouts.
Liriano saw his ERA balloon from 4.44 to 6.35.
As the Toronto Blue Jays have been decimated by injuries in the lineup, the same could be said about the Seattle Mariners and their rotation. "I just don't think he has the confidence, or his mechanics in order, where he can let it go consistently".
The exception, of course, is what's happening on the mound.