Jays hammered by Red Sox

Blue Jays congratulate infielder Mike McCoy, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning yesterday. (Stan...

Blue Jays congratulate infielder Mike McCoy, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning yesterday. (Stan Behal, Toronto Sun)

Bob Elliott, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 PM ET

Man, wasn’t that a great draft the Blue Jays had this week?

I mean really is there anything else for a die-hard Jays fan to discuss?

Draft choices, replenishing the system, Massachusetts high school first-round pick Tyler Beede (will he sign? ah, can he be here by next week?) would have to warm Jays fans on a day the Boston Red Sox thumped (pounded, stomped and hammered) Jays pitching in a 16-4 win at the Rogers Centre.

How bad was it?

Well, the most effective pitcher was Jays infielder Mike McCoy, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth receiving a standing ovation from what was left of the 39,437 fans after the final out in the top of the ninth.

Brandon Morrow faced the minimum number of Sox hitters in the second. The rest of the time it was bombs away: 18 hits, including five extra base-hits and two homers.

After Morrow retired Jason Varitek to open the third, 12 of the next 18 Sox hitters reached base, Varitek delivering the knockout blow with one out in the seven-run fifth.

Morrow allowed a career-high nine earned runs. He walked three and struck out four in his 103-pitch outing which saw him throw 62 strikes.

Morrow said Marco Scutaro’s second-inning liner which hit Morrow on the hamstring had “zero impact” on the way he pitched.

A scout’s view

“He looked tentative, didn’t have his timing down, was behind in the count too often and didn’t throw enough off-speed pitches.”

Manager’s view

Manager John Farrell ranks Morrow’s arsenal in this order: Fastball, slider, curve and change.

“The biggest issue would be when you throw a fastball in the mid 90s and a slider 88-90 most of the time, their hitters can gear up for something hard,” Farrell told reporters. “He was behind in the count a lot, he didn’t give himself any breathing room. He wasn’t getting in a position in the count to throw his off speed pitches.”

Morrow’s view

“I gave up a lot of flares and broken-bat hits. The ball to Varitek was elevated too much, the double to Dustin Pedroia wasn’t where I wanted it. There was a ball up the middle that I thought was going to be a double-play ball. I must have broken three or four of their bats that went for base hits.

“I was able to throw my curve for strikes. When I threw it.”

The numbers say

The Jays starting pitching, supposed to be a strength in the spring, with Ricky Romero, Brett Cecil, who allowed eight runs on 10 hits and a walk in 31/3 innings as triple-A Las Vegas lost to Fresno on Wednesday, and Morrow, who began the season on the disabled list ranks 13th in the American League in ERA.

Going into Saturday’s game, the Jays starters had a 4.41 ERA and ranked 13th in quality starts (29). Now the staff starters ERA is 4.58.

Carlos Villanueva 3-0 in four starts and injured Jesse Litsch, 4-3, are the only starters with winning records.

Mighty Mike

McCoy became the fifth position player to pitch for the Jays and the first since 2004 when Frank Menechino came in to get the final out of a nine-run ninth as the Jays lost 18-6 to the New York Yankees.

“It’s easier getting guys out when you don’t throw hard,” McCoy said. “Most of our guys are 90 m.p.h. plus and I’m throwing up a 72 m.p.h. pitch.”

McCoy is a mound veteran, making his fourth appearance.

He pitched 32/3 in 2004 at class-A Peoria (St. Louis Cardinals), an inning in 2005 for class-A Palm Beach (Cards) and an inning in 2009 for triple-A Colorado Springs (Colorado Rockies).

In 62/3 innings, he’s allowed one earned run.

More numbers

Rajal Davis ended a career-high 0-for-23 skid with a fourth-inning double ... The Jays are below .500 (32-33) for the first time season May 27 ... The 16 runs were the most the Jays have allowed since the Yanks hammered the Jays and starter Josh Towers, plus relievers Dustin McGowan, Shaun Marcum and Vinnie Chulk 17-6 at Yankee Stadium.

Lining up

Yunel Escobar was in the lineup at shortstop, while his replacement after he was injured in Kansas City, McCoy, slid over to play second. Aaron Hill was given the day off.

Out and about

Farrell came out to argue twice in the early innings with first base ump Jeff Kellogg, who ruled David Ortiz’s one hopper fair in the first and later when Escobar objected to Mark Carlson’s strike call which levelled the count at 2-2 in the third. Both times Farrell departed and returned to re-start the debate with the ump. Farrell was ejected once earlier this season against Tampa Bay.

 

 


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