LAKELAND, FLA. - In Brett Cecil’s mind, he wasn’t that bad.
Perhaps the Blue Jays left-hander was attempting to convince himself following a brutal outing against the Tigers where he allowed 11 hits and nine runs (seven earned) over four innings.
“Really I think it was only one or two bad pitches,” Cecil said of the second inning where he allowed seven runs on seven consecutive hits including two home runs. “Other than that pitch (to Prince Fielder that he hit for a three-run home run) and the one to Delmon Young (a solo homer), they’re kind of the only ones I’d like to have back.
“Other than that I had a lot of ground balls just out of reach of guys. It’s a game of inches. I feel good about the outing. I feel good about where I’m at right now and I’m looking forward to getting the season started finally.”
The reality is that Cecil may have pitched his way off the Jays and very likely could be opening the season at triple-A Las Vegas.
He was asked if he is worried about making the club?
“You never know, anything’s possible,” he replied. “I’m just happy that I finally got everything clicking on all cylinders late in the second and in the third and fourth (two hits, no runs). I felt like everything was there for me and I felt comfortable with what I was doing and there was no question, no thinking going into it on the mound.”
Cecil said that following the second inning he wasn’t thinking about mechanics and instead just went out and pitched.
“So I feel good about where I am now as far as pitching, physically, mentally, everything and wherever that takes me,” he said.
The grim fact is it will probably take him to Las Vegas.
TIGERS' PERALTA BAILS CECIL OUT
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Brett Cecil in the second inning when he faced 10 batters.
He was able to retire Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta twice.
Actually, Peralta had the distinction of being responsible for all three of the Detroit outs in the inning.
He led off by grounding out to Cecil.
Then his second time up, with one out and a runner at first, he ground into a 4-6-3 double play.
So, who had the worse inning — Cecil or Peralta?
Tigers 11, Blue Jays 8
* Here’s how the second inning went for Brett Cecil. Ground out, single, single, RBI double, two-run single, single, three-run home run, solo homer, walk, double play grounder.
* Brett Cecil’s line — four innings, 11 hits, nine runs, seven earned, one walk, one strikeout.
* The Jays rallied for four runs in the fifth including a two-run homer by Omar Vizquel.
* Toronto native Marcus Knecht was the DH and slugged a solo shot off ex-Jay Octavio Dotel.
* 1B Adam Lind, in his second game after missing time with a sore back, was 0-for-3.
* OF Ben Francisco, back in the lineup for the first time since Mar. 23, went 1-for-3.