Jays lose in Clearwater, Pearce exits game

The Blue Jays lost to the Phillies 4-2 this afternoon in Clearwater this afternoon, falling to 3-8 in Grapefruit League play.

Things worth mentioning…

  • Josh Donaldson was back in the lineup Tuesday afternoon, hitting a single in three at-bats. Donaldson had a minor shoulder issue for a few days, or in Gibby speak, it was “hanging a little bit.”
  • Marco Estrada went three innings, allowing just one soft single and striking out three hitters. He only allowed two balls to get out of the infield: the single and a fly ball to Steve Pearce in the first inning.
  • Speaking of Pearce, he left the game in the third with left calf tightness and is day-to-day  (according to Arden Zwelling). Pearce is the latest Blue Jay to be dealing with something, but it’s still the first week of March. Blah blah blah, midseason form, we get it. I don’t think anybody needs to be a hero in games that you’re only playing 3-4 innings, especially when you have a job already locked down.
  • In #LEFTYWATCH2018, Aaron Loup gave up a single and struck out the side, while Craig Breslow surrendered two singles, a walk, and a double, getting just one hitter out. There’s not really a huge margin for error with Breslow, because there’s only room for one of him, Tim Mayza, and Loup on the major league roster.
  • Danny Jansen did this.
  • Voidhelix

    There’s no margin for error for ANY of our relievers, aside from Roberto Osuna Matata. And even he should feel a little pressure, after the Oh pickup. Loup and Mayza are a million miles away from secure.

  • Voidhelix

    But the injuries….there’s just a toal lack of impact, in our lineup. If Donaldson were to go down for a prolonged time? You can forget about the season. I can’t be the only one who just has the overwhelming feeling of MEH, about this team in 2018? It’s like the entire year’s a precursor for Vlad and Bo in 2019.

    • Ed Sprague Jr.'s kids

      A serious Donaldson injury would probably scuttle the season. However, there are lot of players to swap out if some in the lineup falter. I can’t wait to watch Devo, Grichuk and the young calls up later like Hernandez and Alford.

    • El Cabeza

      They should be better than last year. Better vs RHP, Sanchez should make the rotation somewhere between good to best in the AL, and the Pen is well i guess we’ll find out. Plus we might see us some more Alford this year, some Janssen maybe, and perhaps some VladitBo in Sep.