Flame-throwing Pearson gets doused, but Jays hang on for win — Toronto Sun

For a pitcher known for his sizzle, the hype surrounding Nate Pearson is beginning to fizzle. Read More

Flame-throwing Pearson gets doused, but Jays hang on for win — Toronto Sun

For a pitcher known for his sizzle, the hype surrounding Nate Pearson is beginning to fizzle.

No one is about to throw in the towel on Pearson, but some disconcerting signs are emerging.

Flame-throwing Pearson gets doused, but Jays hang on for win

Mind you, he has only made four starts with plenty more to follow, but Pearson has yet to pitch with any semblance of consistency or command in any of his appearances.

He couldn’t get out of the fifth inning Tuesday night as Pearson left after surrendering three homers and five runs.

A five-run inning in Toronto’s top half allowed the Jays to fashion a 7-3 lead.

There was an opportunity presented to close the door.

Instead, Pearson allowed it to swing wide open as Baltimore kept fighting by exposing the kid.

Pearson was long gone as the O’s used an intentional walk followed by an infield single when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. couldn’t pick a short hop at first to even the score at 7-7.

The night required extra innings, which haven’t been friendly to the Jays.

It would end, though, with the Jays surviving the baseball marathon by eking out an 8-7 win aided by a Baltimore error and some dubious base running in 10 innings.

A leadoff walk followed by a two run blast and Pearson was suddenly looking like the MLB greenhorn that he is, unable to locate pitches, falling behind hitters and yielding a 2-0 lead to the Orioles in their first at-bat.

Pearson didn’t look comfortable on the mound, an issue that has plagued him the past the two starts following a decent debut.

Once again, Pearson’s much-vaunted fast ball was lit up as Anthony Santander went yard at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Pearson turns 24 Thursday.https://www.youtube.com/embed/q4lJqB7Ogo8?embed_config={%27relatedChannels%27:%20[],%27autonav%27:true}&autoplay=0&playsinline=1

He turned aside the home side in the second despite a single to right by Cedric Mullins, who was left stranded at second after he stole the base.

The Jays picked up their starter in the third when the red hot Randal Grichuk belted a two-run homer off Wade LeBlanc after the O’s starter walked Cavan Biggio with two out.

Pearson gave it back when Santander went back to back against Big Nate, this time connecting on a line drive to centre field for his team-leading ninth homer of the season.

Toronto’s bottom of the order was responsible for having runners at the corner with none out in the fifth.

A Biggio walk would load the bases as LeBlanc was given the hook.

Grichuk, who drove in four runs in the series opener, drove in his third and fourth on the night when his double to right scored Anthony Alford and Santiago Espinal as the Jays took a 4-3 lead.

It would increase when Travis Shaw hit a no doubter off Travis Lakins Sr. for a three-run blast.

In his first three starts, the Jays provided Pearson with one run.

When he took to the mound in Baltimore’s bottom half of the fifth inning, Pearson had a 7-3 advantage.

He promptly walked the No. 9 hitter.

On one swing of the bat, the Orioles cut the Jays’ lead in half when Chance Sisco unloaded on a Pearson slider for a two-run moon shot.

BIGGIO WADES INTO TATIS JR. TATOR

The son of former big leaguer Craig Biggio, Cavan Biggio grew up around baseball and was introduced to the game’s culture at a pretty young age.

Like any sport, baseball has its unwritten rules.

Some argue San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. broke the rule by swinging on a 3-0 pitch late in a one-sided game against the Texas Rangers Monday night.

The 21-year-old would club his second homer of the game, a grand slam no less.

Post game, Texas manager Chris Woodward brought up the unwritten rules in voicing his disapproval. “There’s a lot of unwritten rules that are constantly being challenged in today’s game,” said Woodward.

“I didn’t like it, personally. You’re up by seven in the eighth inning; it’s typically not a good time to swing 3-0. It’s kind of the way we were all raised in the game.

“But, like I said, the norms are being challenged on a daily basis. So just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s not right. I don’t think we liked it as a group.”https://www.youtube.com/embed/bDLYH34sct4?embed_config={%27relatedChannels%27:%20[],%27autonav%27:true}&autoplay=0&playsinline=1

Biggio understands the game’s unwritten rules, but he also understands the aggressive approach shown by Tatis Jr.

“As a hitter you never want to give the pitcher anything,’’ said Biggio.

The rule of thumb for any athlete plying his trade in whatever sport is to never show up an opponent.

Biggio doesn’t feel Tatis Jr. was showing up the Rangers.

ROUNDING THE BASES

Manager Charlie Montoyo said the team’s original diagnosis of Bo Bichette (Grade 1 knee sprain) was confirmed by Dr. James Andrews. The skipper added how there’s no timeline for Bo’s return … Rowdy Tellez is feeling better, according to Montoyo, but the 1B/DH remains in concussion protocol after he took an elbow to the head late in Monday night’s win. Depending on how Tellez is feeling Wednesday, there’s the possibility he’ll enter MLB’s seven-day protocol … Injured closer Ken Giles (elbow) engaged in some light catch, while injured RHP Trent Thornton (elbow) has a chance to start Thursday when the Jays play host to a double dip in Buffalo against the Phillies…RHP Jacob Waguespack was added to the taxi squad, paving the way for the team to recall RHP Julian Merryweather.

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