Cecil, Hutchinson honoured

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:38 AM ET

ATLANTA - Brett Cecil, who led the Blue Jays in wins a year ago and was demoted to the triple-A Las Vegas 51s after four starts, and Drew Hutchison, of class-A Lansing, each earned Pitcher of the Week Awards for their respective leagues.

Cecil had two Pacific Coast League outings, gaining a win and a no decision. He pitched 16 innings, allowing three earned runs (1.69) while walking four and striking out 16. Cecil tossed a shutout against Colorado Springs, allowing four hits and walking two and striking out seven. In his next start facing Reno, he struck out nine. The Aces scored four runs — three earned — on seven hits and two walks.

Hutchison went 2-0, pitching 12 innings in two Midwest League starts, giving up six hits, walking three and striking out 17. Hutchison’s two scoreless appearances ran his streak to 27 innings. He has won five straight starts. Hutchison allowed four hits and two walks, striking out seven over six innings to beat South Bend, and he gave up two hits and a walk whiffing 10 against Dayton. The victory over Dayton clinched a playoff berth for Lansing.

Hitting pitchers

During the three-game series, Atlanta starting pitchers were 2-for-7 at the plate against the Blue Jays with two RBIs, a successful sacrifice bunt, two runs scored and three strikeouts. Blue Jays pitchers were 0-for-6 with five strikeouts.

Home sweet home?

Former Braves Jo-Jo Reyes and shortstop Yunel Escobar may have bumped into some old friends, but the trip south wasn’t a success for them either.

Reyes gave up four runs on a pair of two-run homers Wednesday and was charged with the loss to fall to 3-6.

Escobar was 3-for-12 (.250) with a double, a stolen base and an error.

Bautista ends skid

Jose Bautista ended a hitless trip to Atlanta with his 22nd homer in the third inning off Brandon Beachy. He had been without a base hit in his first nine at-bats this series.

Looking to St. Lou

Adam Lind, a Midwest lad, is looking forward to visiting St. Louis. Not because of the arch, but he’ll be able to spend time with old pal and ex-Blue Jay lefty Brian Tallet. And late in the game the two may go head-to-head. While Tallet started 31 games for the Jays, he’s a lefty specialist with the Cardinals.

Signing

Catcher Dan Welch, of Victoria, B.C., who played at the University of Dayton this spring, signed a contract Wednesday with the Oakland Athletics.


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