Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cecil's rough 5th inning sinks Jays

After such a brilliant start to his major league career, it was only a matter of time that Jays rookie pitcher Brett Cecil would run into a rough patch. In his first three starts with the big club, Cecil posted a 2-0 record with a sterling 1.80 ERA. After this one, his ERA shot up to 4.38 after the surging Boston Red Sox put the beat down on the rook.

Cecil looked decent through the first 4 frames, but ran into a heap of trouble in the 5th. Down 2-0 heading into the 5th inning, the lanky lefty served up David Ortiz's first home run of the year, then proceeded to get smashed around for 3 more long balls (5 dingers in total in the contest) sending to the showers early. The Sox cruised from there, and have the opportunity to sweep away the Jays tomorrow night.

The Jays are now 1-4 in the 5 games against the Yankees and Beantown this season. Is there cause for concern? Maybe. But Toronto is still 1 1/2 games up in the A.L. East, so there's no need to panic just yet. Cecil had a rough inning, but has proven to be remarkable in his three previous outings. The Jays didn't just forget how to win ball games, and Cecil didn't complete forget how to pitch.

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