NEW YORK — Jaime Garcia’s promising performance in his most recent start amounted to a hill of beans.
The Blue Jays left-handed starter enjoyed his second-best outing of the season against the Seattle Mariners last Wednesday, giving up three hits and two runs in five innings and fueling hope that he was turning his season around.
But, on a damp Tuesday night in Queens, Garcia followed that up with one of his worst performances, giving up six runs in 3.2 innings as Toronto lost to the New York Mets 12-2 at Citi Field.
The slumping Jays, who were outhit 16-6, have now lost four of their last five and three in a row. They are also a .500 team (21-21) for the first time since April 2 with a starting rotation that has yet to get going.
“We need to tighten up our rotation, there’s no doubt about it,” manager John Gibbons said following the blowout loss. “I’m still confident that will change because we’re too good down there. But it’s just not happening right now.”
Garcia fell to 2-3 with a 6.28 ERA. He has not reached six innings since his first start on April 2.
“I’m disappointed in myself. I feel like I haven’t been really doing the job. I’m trying my best. Working hard. Trying to find ways to keep us in the ball game and trying to find ways to go deep,” said a downcast Garcia.
Added catcher Russell Martin: “It seemed like they had their share of weak contact hits. You wish they were hit at somebody. So, a little bit of bad luck there. But overall I think we just have to make better pitches more consistently. But (Garcia) has been around for a long time, still has good stuff, I just think just a little bit better command with the fastball to get ahead and stay ahead and then find away to put hitters away instead of letting them get back into counts.
“I feel that happens a lot too, when we get strike one, strike two and the next thing we know, the count’s back to 3-2. I feel like we can just do a better job getting hitters out there quicker.”
New York starter Noah Syndergaard was as good with the bat as he was off the mound. The former Jays draft pick went five innings, but worked hard, throwing 103 pitches. He also hit a double and picked up two RBI.
One of the few notables for the Jays was the debut of 2010 draft pick Deck McGuire, who recorded his first career MLB hit in the eighth off Seth Lugo, the first hit by a Toronto pitcher since Marcus Stroman last May 18. McGuire worked 3.1 innings, the longest outing by a Jays reliever this year. He gave up four hits and three runs.
Also, Martin was moved to shortstop in the eighth, the first time he has ever played that position in the bigs.
“For me, it was the only cool thing that happened in the game today,” Martin said. “But I guess you could kind call it a dream come true. I just wish the circumstances were a little bit different but I’m remember the first time I played shortstop in the major leagues.”
Martin said the dream is to play all nine positions on the field before he retires. So far, he has caught, played third, second, short and right field.
New York catcher Devin Mesoraco hit the game’s only homer, a two-run blast in the eighth off McGuire.
The Mets jumped into the lead in the second inning when Syndergaard smacked a double down the right base line scoring Mesoraco from first. Toronto right fielder Teoscar Hernandez handled the ball like it was a hand grenade, soft tossing it to first baseman Justin Smoak, taking away any chance of nailing Mesoraco at home.
The Jays loaded the bases with two out in the third and Yangervis Solarte punched a seeing-eye single through the middle of the infield to score two runs and take the lead. Syndergaard tied it up for the Mets in the bottom of the fourth with a sac fly to centre to score Jay Bruce from third.
The next hitter, Amed Rosario, rocked a double off the wall in centre to score one more run giving the Mets the lead for good.
Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies