Toronto manager John Gibbons said that the rationale behind the move was to get the runners over and create a better scoring opportunity. Catcher Mike Ohlman delivered an RBI single in the fourth for the first hit of his career.
With 123 games to go, the Blue Jays have plenty of time to bounce back and Pillar seems to be helping not only with his usual defensive prowess but at the plate as well. Well, with Carrasco, considering he's yet to surrender more than three runs in any of his starts, the 30-year-old right-hander is due for some type of off outing, and if it's going to happen, his career splits indicate it might be more likely to occur at home than on the road. "He's probably more honest this time than time (in terms of revealing his true health), but he's ready to come back".
Things got heated in the late innings.
Still, ask any player and there is an understanding that two or three runs simply isn't going to cut it for the Mariners with their pitching staff so beat up and missing so many key arms. LF Steve Pearce (right calf) will head to Florida on Wednesday to continue his rehab at Toronto's spring training facility. RHP Leonel Campos was recalled from Buffalo.
"I'm exhausted of talking about it", Toronto's manager grumbled when asked about utility fielder Steve Pearce leaving Sunday's 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners early after sliding into second base. "Look at Donaldson (who has the same injury)".
The next inning, after Devon Travis was hit by a pitch, Ryan Goins followed with a soft liner that was fortuitously dropped by shortstop Dansby Swanson, who was then able to start a double play. Overall, the 140.2 IP by the bullpen is the most in the AL (3rd in the majors).
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Home runs (14) - tied for first.
Unfortunately for them, Gibbons was a little off in his predictions. "I'm really encouraged and excited to see how everyone's stepped up". "And that's what he's doing".
"Well we're down a run, want to get the guy to third base, contact, trying run, you get a big hit, you take the lead", said Gibbons. The back end's only saving grace was Joe Biagini; the only one of the trio to perform just as well as expected. He and some of the other starters were also taking their lumps in the batting cage. With the two teams moving from the Rogers Centre to Atlanta's SunTrust Park, the pitchers were moving into the batter's box. Former Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey said he isn't surprised that Biagini has taken on a starter's job and thrived. Pillar never specifically stated what it was he said, but his comments indicate he's fully aware his comments could have serious consequences. "He has a great work ethic". "Don't let it define me ... but really I think it was just frustration from coming off a really good homestand and really just not even being in any of these ball games. Wouldn't have to do", said the manager.
Coming into the 2017 season, a back end of the Blue Jays bullpen that consisted of Roberto Osuna, Joe Biagini, and Jason Grilli looked like the one piece of the reliever puzzle that need not be anxious about. "Yeah, Tulo (Tulowitzki). Couldn't afford the pay cut though".
"After five, I thought that was enough for him", Snitker said.