Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 9th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (30-28) at Atlanta Braves (33-25), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Drew Hutchison (5-2, 4.35)
Atlanta - Tommy Hanson (6-4, 3.71)
(Sports Network) - Sporting the longest current winning streak in the major
leagues, the Atlanta Braves try to make it six in a row this afternoon as they
settle in for the second of a three-game interleague set versus the Toronto
Blue Jays at Turner Field.
Atlanta, which is 13-11 at home thus far in 2012, went to extra innings in the
series opener on Friday night but were saved by Jason Heyward, who
manufactured the winning run to cap a 4-3 triumph in 10 innings.
Heyward began the bottom half of the frame by singling off Francisco Cordero,
moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and then came home on a wild
throw that Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia sent into left field.
"I saw [the ball] over my right shoulder," Heyward commented. "Once I saw
that, I knew it was over and we won. It was rewarding. You take a gamble right
there and that is why you do it."
The Braves finished the night 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position yet
still captured the thrilling victory. Michael Bourn recorded a pair of doubles
and three hits in all for the hosts, while Martin Prado, Heyward and even
pitcher Brandon Beachy contributed with a pair of hits apiece.
Beachy, who scored a run, made it through five full innings, allowing two runs
on three hits and five walks, striking out six. The sixth Atlanta pitcher on
the night, Cristhian Martinez was credited with his third win of the season as
he delivered a scoreless 10th.
Cordero was saddled with the loss for Toronto, his fourth in five decisions
this season. Like Beachy, Jays starter Kyle Drabek also worked just five
innings, permitting three runs on six hits and four walks without the benefit
of a single strikeout.
Edwin Encarnacion had two of the five hits recorded by Toronto, scoring a pair
of runs in the process. Jose Bautista, batting just .229 at this stage,
connected on his 16th home run of the campaign as the club fell three games
off the pace in the American League East and is now two games under .500
(14-16) on the road while sitting in fourth place.
Heading to the mound for the first time ever against Atlanta is rookie hurler
Drew Hutchison. The Florida native last pitched on Sunday when he registered
his second straight win and the fourth in the last five outings with a 5-1
victory over Boston.
Against the Red Sox Hutchison lasted seven innings, allowing just the one run
on five hits, while striking out five.
Hutchison has an even record of 2-2 on the road this season, but his ERA is an
inflated 6.31 in those five appearances away from home.
As for the Braves, they have Tommy Hanson penciled in as their starter this
time around. The Tulsa native is now in his fourth year with Atlanta and has
an impressive mark of 11-2 in 15 career appearances in the month of June.
Getting his first-ever start against the Jays, the right-hander has won just
one of his last three outings, that being a 3-2 triumph over Washington on the
road last weekend. Versus the Nationals, Hanson lasted seven innings, allowing
two runs on a pair of home runs, while striking out six for the second
Atlanta, which is now 132-113 all-time in interleague play, has won seven
straight meetings against the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays are 125-144 in
regular-season meetings against members of the National League.
06/09 11:22:03 ET