Toronto won the first game of a three-game set against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, and everything went cold from there…literally.
Heavy snowfall caused the second game of the series to be postponed and a day-night doubleheader was scheduled for Thursday in order to make up the lost game.
Both of those games ended up being demoralizing losses for the Blue Jays.
R.A. Dickey started the day game and was pummeled for five runs in just 4.1 innings. Toronto lost the game by a score of 7-0.
The second game was even worse and won’t be as easily forgotten.
Toronto actually got off to a decent start in this game as it scored two runs in the first inning and then added three more in the fifth to jump ahead to 5-1 lead.
But starting pitcher Dustin McGowan struggled to hold back the Twins offense, giving up three runs in just four innings before being forced to leave with a high pitch count.
The bullpen did an admirable job keeping the score at 5-3 until the bottom of the eighth inning; that’s when everything fell apart.
Toronto’s relievers walked eight batters during the inning and threw three wild pitches that each led to a run being scored.
By the end of the inning, the Twins had scored six runs on eight walks and just one hit.
The Blue Jays went on to lose the game 9-5 in what was easily the worst defeat of the season.
While this was a series win that the team let slip away, Toronto needs to move on and not dwell on these last two games when facing the Indians.
It’s important to note that the Blue Jays bullpen was spectacular last year and had been reliable again this season until this last game, so there’s no reason to think it won’t bounce back.