Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
August 12, 2014, Seattle, WA (ISN) – After an 11-1 drubbing by the Seattle Mariners on Monday night, the Toronto Blue Jays are hoping that a solid night of rest will reverse their fortunes when they meet the Mariners in Game 2 of their series at Safeco Field in Seattle on Tuesday evening.
The Jays will hope to get more than the one run they scored Monday – here on Jose Bautista’s solo home run – when they go up against the Mariners on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
The Jays will send lefty J.A. Happ (8-6, 4.09 ERA) out to face the Mariners Chris Young (10-6, 3.27 ERA) and must hope to contain Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano, who has been nothing short of spectacular for the Mariners this season and on Monday, contributed a home run and an RBI double to the Mariners 11 run total.
The Jays will look to better the meager three hits they had on Monday – tying a season low – and may be buoyed by the return of Adam Lind and Jose Reyes to the line-up. Lind is coming off the DL and has just completed a rehab assignment after suffering a broken foot, while Reyes was nowhere to be seen on Monday, apparently enjoying a forced day off after the Jays 19 inning marathon Sunday against Detroit.
The hot-hitting Robinson Cano will look to continue his quest for Mariners MVP honours when he faces the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Cano was 2 for 3 against the Jays Monday with a homer and 2 RBIs. (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
For the Mariners, they will look to Cano and third baseman Kyle Seager to continue their team leading ways on offence, although the two-left-handed batters may face a chalenge against the left-handed Happ, Cano, hitting .333 for the season, is hitting just .235 lifetime against Happ, with a double, a home run and a pair of RBIs, and striking out 4 times. Seager has just three at bats against Happ with one hit.
Michael Saunders Update
Victoria Native Michael Saunders is not playing in the series against the Mariners. Saunders has been on a rehab assignment with Tacoma after being on the DL with an oblique strain, but has put that on hold for a couple of days in order to return to Colorado to be with his wife during the birth of their first child. In six games with Tacoma, Saunders was doing well, accumulating 6 hits in 17 at bats, with a double 2 RBIs and 7 walks out of the lead off spot.
- The Blue Jays are 3-7 over their last 10 games, following a 6-game win streak. The Mariners have won two straight and are 8-3 over last 11 games and 12-11 since the All-Star break and are aso 9-4 over last 13 games.
- Robinson Cano hit his 10th home run last night, becoming the 38th player (alltime & since 1901) to open his career with 10 straight seasons with double-digits in home runs (last: David Wright & Matt Holliday, both 2004-2013)…became the 15th second baseman with 10+ home runs (as a 2B) in 10+ seasons in his career…former Mariner Bret Boone did it 11 times, 5 times with Seattle.
- The Mariners pitching staff leads the Majors with a 2.97 ERA (352 ER, 1065.0 IP)…current mark is on pace to shatter the current club record of 3.54 set in 2001…the last American League team to finish a season with a sub 3.00 ERA was the 1974 World Series Champion Oakland A’s
- Folowing last night’s outing where he allowed 5 runs on 3 hits, the Blue Jays announced that RHP Brad Mills was designated for assignment.
Watch for ISN’s Christian J. Stewart’s coverage of tonight’s game later this evening at www.independentsportsnews.com