Call it what you want, an experiment, a test or just being effective in spring training but Dustin McGowan outing Wednesday has just put back in the bullpin. Blue Jays 15-4 lost to the Indians. Dustin McGowan got the start but couldn’t pitch his way out of the fifth inning, Dustin is 2-2 5.08 in 8 starts this season as a starter.
This was clearly Cleveland’s best outing with 22 hits.HR came from Santana, C (5, 5th inning off McGowan, 1 on, 0 out), Gomes, Y (6, 9th inning off Wagner, 2 on, 2 out).
“I feel we were in that game going into the seventh inning … then of course it exploded on us,” said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.
It was easily the worst pitching performance of the season. It was like the Jays where throwing beach balls to the Indians. It was the last three innings that killed them. The Blue Jays brought infielder Steve Tolleson in to pitch one out in the top of the ninth inning, Tolleson is the seventh position player in Toronto history to take the mound.
The Indians have not had a pair of teammates with at least five knocks in a nine-inning game since Johnny Hodapp and Luke Sewell delivered in a 24-6 win over the Yankees on July 29, 1928.
The Blue Jays have now lost four of their past six games, but will have an opportunity to win the series vs. Cleveland with a victory in the finale on Thursday night.