Justin Thomas had trouble stopping the running game today, as did everyone else on the Red Sox. (Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE)
Alfredo Aceves went six innings, striking out four and walking just two, but it wasn't enough to overcome a weak Blue Jays lineup today. Aceves did his part, limiting Toronto to just the two runs, and Justin Thomas allowed only one in relief, but that was one too many, as Boston's bats were quieted by Toronto's pitching.
21-year-old Drew Hutchison struck out two and scattered four hits and a walk while holding Boston to just one run in four innings. Luis Perez, Andrew Carpenter, Jim Hoey, and Robert Coello pitched the other five frames well enough to let the offense squeak by with three.
And squeak it out they did, as Anthony Gose stole four bases -- including home on a delayed steal-- to help give the Jays one run when they needed it.
The lineup regulars were mostly quiet, with Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, and Adrian Gonzaleza all picking up one hit a piece, and Jacoby Ellsbury going 0-4 before being lifted. As it's not the regular season, the intention today was to get in reps, not win, as evidenced by Nate Spears, Pedro Ciriaco and others coming in with the outcome still in question. We're getting close to when that will end, though. Very close. The Jays, on the other hand, did everything they could to avoid winning in terms of building a lineup, but won anyway.
It was a quality (and possibly final) audition for Aceves as he attempts to take one of the available starter roles, especially coming off of his last start, in which Philadelphia blasted him. But, in the minor-league game thrown by his competition, Felix Doubront faced 21 batters, giving up two hits and no runs while striking out four.