Jays pitching good, hitting not so much

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:32 PM ET

LAKELAND Fla. — It’s typical enough for pitching to be ahead of hitting at this point in spring training but it’s not a lot of comfort for the Blue Jays who will play their third game on Monday still looking to score their first run.

“We haven’t created a whole lot of opportunities for ourselves so far,” manager John Farrell said. “But, other than a throw that got away on a bunt play, we’d still be playing.”

That unearned run, scored on a sacrifice fly by Victor Martinez, came after Jose Molina’s throwing error after fielding a sacrifice bunt attempt.

Sunday, the Jays, with a lineup composed half-and-half of minor-leaguers and big-leaguers, generated an offence that consisted of four singles and three of those baserunners were wiped out, two on double plays and one on a pickoff. On that score, the Jays outhit the Tigers, who managed just three singles.

So far, in two games the Jays offence has eight singles and one double.

“From the pitching side, a very good day. And (Adeiny) Hechavarria continues to impress with his range at shortstop and the ability to make well above-average plays. He’s kind of a rare prospect.”


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