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Postby lw789 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:01 pm

CLEVELAND – Ask a Blue Jays fan still hesitant to believe in the team whether a 5-4, nine-game run through Baltimore, Minnesota and Cleveland would be satisfactory early in the season, and the answer likely would be in the affirmative. Yet its those defeats, snatched from the jaws of victory, which sting the most and Toronto had two of them on the trip. The Jays led 4-2 in the sixth inning when Aaron Loup walked the bases loaded and gave up a bases-clearing, three-RBI double to the Indians David Murphy. Cleveland had a lead it wouldnt relinquish, ultimately winning the game 6-4. The meltdown was relatively minor compared to Thursday nights eighth inning debacle in Minnesota, which saw three relievers give up six runs on just one hit and an unseemly eight walks in a 9-5 loss to the Twins. Its jarring because the Blue Jays bullpen has been consistently reliable. It raises two concerns about the pitching staff. First: the walks. Six more on Sunday afternoon for a season total of 81, which pending the behaviour of Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers in their game against the Dodgers later Sunday, ranks second-most in baseball. "The walks have killed us so far," pitching coach Pete Walker told before Sundays game. "I think its cost us a couple of ballgames." Walks just cost them another one. Second: with the exception of Mark Buehrle, the starting staffs inability to pitch deep into games. "Bottom line, weve got to get some innings out of our starters or our bullpen will be dead come May," said manager John Gibbons after Sundays defeat. Such was the dichotomy of Brandon Morrows performance on Sunday. His six strikeouts over five-plus innings belied the fact Indians hitters battled him throughout. Michael Bourn led off the game with a nine-pitch at-bat. He struck out. In the second, Michael Brantley put the Indians ahead 1-0 with a solo home run on the ninth pitch. An inning later, in the third, Jason Kipnis worked a full-count, 10-pitch walk. Morrow was done at 95 pitches one hitter into the sixth. He threw almost 30 per cent of his pitches (28 of 95) in those three plate appearances alone, leaving Gibbons to wish for more efficiency. "I havent been able to do it as much as I would like to," said Morrow of pitching into the sixth and seventh innings. "Today it was one long inning in the middle; without that I would have been in a better position to finish that sixth." Walker is preaching contact early in counts. He doesnt want pitchers worried about strikeout totals. He wants aggression and laments that radar gun readings are posted on electronic scoreboards. "Its trusting your stuff and really believing that your fastball is good enough that day," said Walker. "I think a couple of our guys might be down in velocity and sometimes that affects your approach. You dont see that 97 on the board and its 92, 93 and all of a sudden you dont trust that fastball in as much as you did last year." Its easy to fall in love with the radar gun and easy to forget that the Blue Jays best pitcher to this point, Mark Buehrle, no longer tops 84 miles per hour with his fastball. "I think it comes down to realizing its not the velocity, its the location," said Walker. "Your fastball is your fastball that given day and it needs to be located regardless. I think, for the most part, thats what we need to get back to and thats something were focusing on is fastball command and pitching inside a little more aggressively." Through 19 games Blue Jays starters have pitched 103 2/3 innings, averaging less than 5 2/3 innings per start. A team with playoff aspirations needs more. R.A. Dickey is presented with the next opportunity to join Buehrle in bucking the troubling trend. He starts Tuesday nights series opener at home with Baltimore. 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Leaderboard Dean & DeLuca Invitational The 37-year-old from Arkansas was in the first group of players driving off the 10th tee at 7am on Thursday morning, and his six-under-par 64 remained at the top of the leaderboard in Fort Worth throughout the day.In a remarkable round at Colonial Country Club, Molder opened with nine straight pars before needing just 29 shots on his return to the clubhouse. He birdied each of his last four holes and, at the end of day one, holds a one-stroke advantage over compatriots Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed, as well as Indias Anirban Lahiri.Although murky conditions led to a 90-minute weather delay during the morning, all 121 players completed their rounds.Molder, whose sole PGA Tour victory came during the Fall Series of 2011, admitted it was a round of two halves.He said: I hit a lot of greens early, around 20, 30 feet away, and just kind of rolled it up close.And then all of a sudden, I hit a couple close when I made the turn. Maybe the delay helped me wake up.Actually, I went back out on the range and just kind of made one little tinker here or there, and found a little groove for the rest of the holes.Molder, who six years ago fired a 62 around the same Colonial course, addded: Ive always loved these greens.dddddddddddd I got some good looks and they happened to go in. Jordan Spieth is well placed at Colonial Country Club after an opening 67 Lahiri, who is one of the few non-Americans on the first page of the leaderboard, combined a brace of bogies with seven birdies, while pre-tournament favourite Jordan Spieth is well-placed following a 67.The 22-year-old, who is tied for ninth, played in more breezy conditions during the afternoon. He missed the opening six fairways but still hit 14 greens in regulation while suffering his only bogey at the 244-yard, par-three, fourth hole.He said: It was so tough to gauge the wind correctly and get the ball close to the hole.On a day like this, youre just really looking to hit greens in regulation, be as stress-free as possible, and it felt like we were out there.Only four of the leading 17 players after round one were non-Americans.Watch live second-round coverage of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational on Sky Sports Xtra and Sky Sports for iPad from 1pm on Friday, and on Sky Sports 4 HD from 9pm. Also See: Willett shines at Wentworth Donald feeling upbeat at PGA Wentworth v Sawgrass by Paul McGinley PGA Tour Schedule Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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