Jays “B” Team Three Hits Astros “A” Team
Janssen Pitching on Wednesday
Janssen Pitching on Wednesday

Posted Mar 9, 2006

The Toronto Blue Jays were not expected to even compete in this game. It was the Blue Jays “B” team that was traveling to play the Houston Astros “A” team. However, Casey Janssen, Shaun Marcum, Francisco Rosario, Lee Gronkiewicz, Ryan Houston, David Purcey, and Josh Banks allowed just three hits in a 7-1 victory.

The Blue Jays got on the board early and Wayne Lydon, who has been outstanding for the Jays this spring, set up the run. After drawing a leadoff walk, and advancing to second on a Gregg Zaun walk, Lydon moved to third on a fly out by Kevin Barker, and scored on a force out by John-Ford Griffin.

Casey Janssen took the mound first for the Jays, and the first batter he faced was Jeff Bagwell. Janssen got Bagwell to ground out to third, and faced just four batters in the first. The lone hit was an infield single by Lance Berkman.

In the second inning Gregg Zaun came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs, and lined a two-run single to left field for the 3-0 lead.

Janssen rolled in his second inning of work, striking out Adam Everett, and retiring Luke Scott and Raul Chavez on groundouts.

“Janssen impressed me,” said one scout who was at the game. “He doesn’t have one great pitch, but used four pitches effectively in his outing. He keeps the ball low, and lets his defense do the work.”

Shaun Marcum replaced Janssen and faced just six batters, retiring all six, and recording three strikeouts in the process.

The Jays got four more runs in the top of the fourth inning. Two came on a Gregg Zaun double, one on a Kevin Barker double, and one on a John-Ford Griffin single.

Francisco Rosario followed Marcum and pitched a perfect inning, recording one strikeout. The lone run came off Lee Gronkiewicz, however, it was an unearned run. The right-hander didn’t allow a hit in his outing. Ryan Houston then came on and recorded two strikeouts, and issued a hit in his inning of work. David Purcey also allowed a hit in his inning, while Josh Banks recorded a perfect ninth inning, with a strikeout.

“All the pitchers showed great composure on the mound, and the ability to throw for strikes,” the scout that was at the game told InsideTheDome on Wednesday evening.

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