March 13, 2012
Jays notes: Twins trounced
By Bob Elliott, QMI Agency
Travis Snider and Travis d’Arnaud hit back to back doubles in the four-run third off Francisco Liriano as the Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2 before 8,285 fans at the Lee County Sportsplex Tuesday afternoon.
Snider’s double scored Adeiny Hechavarria and Mike McCoy. Then, d’Arnaud’s drive chased home Jonathan Diaz and Snider.
Brett Cecil pitched three scoreless allowing one hit and two walks and has yet to allow a run this spring (six innings).
David Cooper doubled home Eric Thames to start the four-run sixth. Cooper scored on an errant pick-off attempt after Moises Sierra had singled. Hechavarria doubled to score Sierra and Diaz singled in the final run.
The Jays collected 11 hits, while relievers Evan Crawford, Luis Perez and Roberto Coello each had scoreless outings. The Twins scored a pair in the fourth off Rick Vandenhurk on four hits and a walk.
CHIP OFF THE QUANTRILL BLOCK
Chris Woodward stepped into the box in the fourth inning Tuesday at Al Lang Field against the Canadian junior national team and watched a change-up that was on the inside corner.
“Ball,” said the ump.
“I hear Chris Reitsma (pitching coach) yelling ‘you’re kidding me, that was a strike,’” said Woodward. “Reitsma always got me out that way, now I’m thinking that he’s told his pitcher to throw another one. He threw a fastball and I bloop a change-up into right.”
Woodward said when he reached the first base dugout he signalled to Reitsma about what a good change his pitcher has.
“Reitsma taught him that right?” said Woodward. “What do you mean no?”
He learned from his father. The pitcher was Cal Quantrill of Port Hope, Paul Quantrill’s son.
“Well, the kid sure takes after his old man,” said Woodward. “He knows how to pitch.”
Before this week, Jordan Schulz of Strasbourg, Sask., wasn’t sure who the best pitcher he’d ever faced was with the Regina Athletics. Now, here he was on the same field as Scott Richmond, former big leaguer, who retired the final outs to give Canada a gold medal at the Pan Am Games plus Vancouver’s Trystan Magnuson, who pitched with the Oakland A’s last season.
And there were a few hitters around too.
“It’s really something to be on the same field as Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista,” said Schulz. “I’d pick Bautista over Lawrie as my favourite, he’s a right fielder like me.”
Schulz said the best arm he’d faced (before Tuesday’s game against the Jays) was Philadelphia Phillies lefty Jay Johnson of Sussex Corner, N.B., who is tabbed as a fast riser in the Phillies system.
WHERE THEY ARE NOW
You may remember the name Jim Neader. He was the agent for former Jays Lloyd Moseby and Mark Eichhorn.
In the 1980s he often was quoted in Toronto’s newspapers when it came to players contract negotiations.
Neader, a St. Pete’s native, put together the St. Petersburg International Baseball Series after the Tampa Bay Rays moved their camp to Port Charlotte.
“We have a beautiful facility like this park, you either use it or lose it,” said Neader of Al Lang Field, former home of the Rays, the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Mets and New York Yankees.
“With so many Canadians living and vacationing here and with Team Canada involved, I phoned Paul Beeston (Jays president) and asked if they would come over for one day. He made it happen.”
Defending World Cup champion The Netherlands, the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, Rays and Phillies and St. Pete’s Junior College have played games at Al Lang over the past 13 days.
BLUE JAYS 10, CANADA JUNIORS 2
* Ryan Kellogg 2 innings one run
* Scott Richmond 3 innings, two runs
* Michael Crouse had three hits, two RBIs
* Jamie Richmond allowed a walk getting Lawrie on a pop-out and Bautista on a DP ball.
BLUE JAYS 8, TWINS 2
* Brett Cecil three scoreless innings, one hit, 2 walks.
* Travis Snider, Travis d’Arnaud, Adeiny Hechavarria and David Cooper doubled.
* Two RBIs each for Snider, d’Arneaud.
* Scoreless outings for Evan Crawford, Luis Perez, Roberto Coello.