Blue Jays-Indians: Toronto Loses 5-2; Struggles Against Clevelands Anthony Reyes

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IAugust 8, 2008

The Toronto Blue Jays came back to earth on Friday as they lost the opening game of a three game set, 5-2 to the Cleveland Indians. This comes right after they swept the Oakland Athletics right out of town.

Despite the loss, David Purcey showed some big signs of improvement and hopefully he will continue to pitch like he did today.

His only bad inning of work came in the fourth when the Indians would manage to put three runs on the board.

Purcey managed to get the first batter in the fourth inning but it all went bad from there. Purcey would surrender a double to catcher Kelly Shoppach. One out later, Ben Francisco and Shin-Soo Choo laced back-to-back doubles into the opposite gaps in the field, giving the Indians a 2-0 lead.

Franklin Gutierrez would tack on a third run with a single that brought in Choo. He attempted to stretch his hit into a double but Alex Rios managed to gun him out at second.

Purcey would finish the night with six innings pitched. He gave up three runs on six hits, two walks, and he struck out a career-high eight batters.

Shawn Camp would give up two insurance runs in relief but in the end they wouldn't have changed the outcome of the game either way.

Indians starter Anthony Reyes, appearing in his first game as an Indian after coming over from St. Louis, pitched a great game. This was also Reyes first major league start this year, but he did not show it on the field.

The Jays finished the night batting 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base. Reyes would finish his night with 6.1 innings pitched. He gave up one run on seven hits, one walk, and he struck out four batters.

Up Next: Roy Halladay (13-8) takes on Paul Byrd (6-10) in the second game of this three game set.