Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Trouble with Triple-A stuff

Blue Jays 5 Royals 4
W-Hentgen (1-2), L-May (0-4), Frasor (1)
Royals Season Record: 8-17

Doesn’t this season already feel like it is several months old? Losing has a way of making a season drag.
Darrell May returned to the mound after missing a start and gave up five earned runs in seven innings. The Blue Jays exploded on May for four runs in the second inning. Our guys didn’t give up though, posting our own four spot in the top of the fifth. Unfortunately, the Jays scored their fifth run in the bottom of the fourth and that was all they would need to beat us.

The KC Star reported the Pat Hentgen’s fastball was so slow that Toronto officials decided not to post the radar readings on the scoreboard. They also reported that one player said, “He had Triple-A stuff. Maybe Double-A stuff. And what did we do?”

Good question. What is going on with our offense that we can't pummel a guy with a bad hip who throws 87-88 with no movement? Scoring four runs off of him in five innings is good. But if he really head minor league stuff, we should be able to knock the stuffing out of him.

If there is a positive note, in the seven total hits we had in the game, two came from a slumping Berroa who raised his average to .212 and two came from Gonzalez whose bat still looks slow.

Brian Anderson goes against Roy Halladay tonight. Let’s hope the offense is a little sharper and let’s hope that Anderson can get his ERA under 6.00.

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