Homers sink Dickey in Jays loss
Dickey was hoping this particular demon was behind him, a thing of the past.
But in a game where the Blue Jays entered with visions of a three game sweep, the old gopher ball came knocking on Dickey door again.
Haunted by the home run in his first season with the Jays he gave up a career high 35 Dickey was hammered for a couple more as the Houston Astros won Thursday series finale, 6 4.
They were the first home runs that Dickey, who was making his third start, has allowed this season, but that will be cold comfort for the knuckleball artist.
A knuckler is a capricious beast at the best of times and, on this night, Dickey had a great one going as far as movement goes.
It was darting and ducking all over the place and, early on, it looked to be a mosquito the Astros couldn swat.
But in the end, they ran into two they could handle a two run homer by Robbie Grossman in the fifth and then the back breaker, a three run blast by Jonathan Villar in the seventh, and that was the difference.
Still, if Dickey could have the same stuff, the same movement, the same control for each of his remaining starts this season, he take it in a heartbeat.
a real surprise when I have a knuckleball like that and have the outcome that we had, Dickey, 1 2 on the season, said. had really good command of it early on and walked a couple of guys there in the third I think (the second, actually) but I wasn going to go anywhere else because it was moving so much. I was throwing it hard. It felt great out of my hand. Then we had a couple of hiccups. It happened quickly.
not like things were michael kors outlet spiralling out of control. It was a double, a walk and then a homer (in the seventh) and the other inning (the fifth) it was another homer that produced all the runs.
got to take what was good about the outing, press forward and keep going. season, the Astros are a lot like the Jays in that they don win games when they don hit home runs and, on this night, they won in that department by a 3 1 margin.
Grossman homer was a bit of a surprise. Surprising in that Grossman is the Astros No. 8 hitter and the count was 3 0. On the season he had two hits in 33 at bats. So what is a guy hitting .061 doing swinging at a 3 0 pitch?
So much for old fashioned baseball.
Given the quality of his bread and butter pitch and the result, it made the results that much harder to swallow.
literally felt like I was going to throw a complete game early on, Dickey said. felt: this is great. I feel great. And some of the pitches they hit were pretty good knuckleballs.
was really disappointing, the outcome. Jays received a solo homer from Colby Rasmus in the fifth, his first of three hits which is a good sign. The Jays added three in the ninth, two on a two out double by pinch hitter Adam Lind.
So after their opening 10 games, they are 5 5 and could have had more. playing well and our pitchers are getting deep into games. Our bullpen should be fresh. We doing a lot of really good things and the hope is that you can put together a streak and put together another little streak.
got guys that are healthy. We got Jose (Reyes) that could be coming back soon. We got all kinds of good things going on. I think our focus is going to be on that. their opening 10 games michael kors outlet , the Jays will move outdoors for the first time this season when they embark on a nine game road trip with stops at Baltimore, Minneapolis and Cleveland.
The fifth inning ended in a bizarre manner for the Jays as third baseman Matt Dominguez clanked a ground ball by Melky Cabrera. The Jays left fielder, however, slipped and fell to the ground coming out of the box.
He recovered and raced to the bag but that allowed Dominguez time to michael kors outlet locate the ball and fire to first. Again it was bang bang and Cabrera was called out.
The Jays challenged the call and lost that one too.
A PERFECT 10
With michael kors outlet his double down the third base line to lead off the first inning, Cabrera extended his hit streak to 10 games.
It is the longest hit streak to start a season since 2007 when Alex Rios hit safely in the opening 11 games. The club record for the longest streak to start a season is held by Vernon Wells who, in 2006, put together a 12 game streak.
NO. 1 FOR IZZY
Following the double by Cabrera, Maicer Izturis dropped a sacrifice bunt down and he was retired 1 3.