Saturday, May 23, 2009

Janssen solid in return

In his first start since the 2006 season, Casey Janssen looked pretty solid against the Braves. He went 6 innings, giving up just three runs. Unfortunately, because the Blue Jays offense is awful right now, he is currently in line to lose the ball game.

The only thing that Janssen didn't do well was hold a lead he was given in the 3rd inning. As I've mentioned before, when a pitcher is given a lead and then coughs that up the following inning, that totally demoralizes a ball club. Janssen surrendered a pair of runs in the bottom of the 3rd frame, and then gave up an additional run in the 4th.

The batter that gave Janssen the biggest fit was Braves starter Derek Lowe! He had two hits off Janssen, getting the rally started in the 3rd (scoring a run), then hitting the go ahead RBI single in the 4th.

Overall, however, the Jays have to be happy with Janssen in his return. Had his offense been anything other then pathetic, he might have won his first game back.

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