Cecil can't cut it

Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil pitches against the Angels at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont.,...

Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil pitches against the Angels at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., Sep. 20, 2011. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:40 PM ET

TORONTO - A year ago in late September, Toronto Blue Jays lefty Brett Cecil was considered a building block for the franchise's future.

He cemented a spot in the rotation behind opening day starter Shaun Marcum, Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow.

Now, repairs are needed on this building block.

After leading the 2010 Jays in wins (15) with a 4.22 ERA, Cecil lasted a mere 65 pitches in three innings -- his shortest outing of the season -- in a 10-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday before 13,514 fans at the Rogers Centre.

Cecil recorded the first two outs of the third inning and then it was biff, boom, bang, a mental error and a lot of angst.

Alberto Callaspo doubled and then scored after Howie Hendrick hit a ground-rule double to right field. After a walk, Mark Trumbo singled in a run, made a wide turn at first base and the Jays had him caught in no man’s land between first and second.

First baseman Edwin Encarnacion kept an eye on third, even taking a step into the infield, while Trumbo did a spin-o-rama, almost out of the base path, until he found an escape hatch to elude Encarnacion and safely return to first.

Standing on the third-base line, Cecil doubled over and put his hands on his knees after watching the event unfold.

Jays pitching coach Bruce Walton made a visit to the mound to give his lefty a breather. When Walton left, Vernon Wells hit a ground-rule double knocking home a run and leaving the Jays down 4-2.

“If we execute, it doesn’t allow Wells to come to the plate,” Jays manager John Farrell told reporters.

In his previous eight starts Cecil is 0-6. The Jays lost every game but one. In that span, he has a 4.82 ERA allowing 10 doubles, 10 homers in 56 innings.

“I didn’t see the crispness I saw earlier,” Farrell said of Cecil's Tuesday performance. “He had a great first inning with his off speed pitches. I saw a mislocated fastball to Wells, a mislocated fastball to Trumbo.

“He was not as sharp as his previous outing in Baltimore.”

After Cecil got the boot, the Angels gave Kyle Drabek, who was thought to be another Jays building block this spring, a Salt Lake City beating, scoring five times.

“That fourth kind of spread things out,” Farrell said.

Still, it’s not a lot to expect more than 65 pitches from a building block.

Cecil is now 4-10 on the season.

IN GAME

Angels right-hander Joel Pineiro worked six-plus innings, leaving with a 10-2 lead ... Drabek faced 14 hitters, retiring six, including two run-scoring fly balls as he allowed three doubles, a homer, one walk, six runs and threw a wild pitch, as his ERA climbed to 6.09 ... Erik Aybar was credited with a steal of home against Drabek in the fourth when catcher J.P. Arencibia couldn’t handle a pitch ... Colby Rasmus doubled to right and two ground balls later scored giving the Jays a 2-1 lead in the second ... Arencibia threw out Aybar attempting to steal in the second ... Ex-Jay Wells homered to left off Cecil on an 0-1 pitch in the second, his 23rd of the season.

THEY AREN'T ANGELS

The Angels are often known for being fundamentally sound. In the first, right-fielder Mike Trout lost Thames’ liner in the lights, Kendrick was unable to turn a double play and Encarnacion singled in the game’s first run. It should have been a 1-2-3 inning ... The Jays forced extra innings Monday thanks to a Jerome Williams error. Adam Lind was able to knock in the winner in the 10th after a failed double play.

STAR OF 2011

The most impressive thing about this year’s Jays, according to the most impressive thing about this year’s Jays, Jose Bautista: “Ricky Romero. For him to come back and pitch the way he has, to have 24 quality starts of 31 is amazing. He gives us a chance to win every time out. It speaks volumes about his contribution to the team.” ... Second most impressive according the most impressive Jay: “Eric Thames. He didn’t come with as much advertisement as say Brett Lawrie, J.P. Arencibia, or even Travis Snider.” ... Bautista on the rotation before the game: “We’ve been consistent with our starters for the most part with Ricky, Morrow and Cecil.” ... Both Cecil and Drabek were demoted early in the season, which led to Carlos Villanueva coming out of the bullpen to make 13 starts and Luis Perez to make four.

FROM SCOUT'S ROW

Two veteran talent evaluators, the first broke into the majors in the 1950s, the other in the mid-1960s, both say Angels Peter Bourjos is the “best defensive centre fielder” they’ve ever seen. Wow. That covers some ground. Better than Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Devon White, Torii Hunter and Wells? ... Bourjos is the son of former Blue Jays super scout Chris Borujos, who was involved in signing former Jays first-round pick Roy Halladay ... Asked one scout: “Is Mike McCoy as good as John McDonald?” McCoy hit the ball hard twice Monday, scored the game winner and handled seven chances without an error ... One hard-working scout assigned at the last minute to evaluate the Angels series for a possible post-season matchup paid a personal record $403 per night at a downtown hotel ... The Detroit Tigers, represented by legendary Eddie Bane, Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers were also scouting the Angels for a possible post-season matchup ... Ex-Jays scout Jaymie Bayne, a pro scout with the Boston Red Sox, was also in attendance. Bayne scouted and signed former Jays second baseman Aaron Hill.

ONE FROM THE BOOTH

“Pretty soon each club is going to have to have its own blender man,” said Jays broadcaster Alan Ashby, as Cecil took the mound for the first time since cutting the index finger on his pitching hand with a blender blade in the Fenway Park clubhouse. Two springs ago, Cecil nicked his finger with a knife cutting some chicken.


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