Inside Pitch: Janssen Taking Baby Steps

Janssen was beat on 2-strike pitches

Two starts into his major league career, Casey Janssen is making progress, but still looking for that first win.

Two pitches -- a 1-2 fastball that Melvin Mora smacked into the corner in left for a two-run double and a 2-2 curve that hung just enough that Jay Gibbons swatted it into the seats in right field for a two-run homer -- ruined an otherwise solid outing.

Janssen left after six innings having given up five runs in a game the Orioles would go on to win 9-2.

"It's frustrating having guys on the ropes with two strikes and not being able to finish them off," Janssen said.

The Jays hit a lot of balls hard off Orioles starter Kris Benson but the vast majority died an unproductive death into Oriole leather parked on or close to the warning track.

Benson went a solid 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs for his second win in five days over the Jays.

--It was a rough night for RHP Vinnie Chulk on Tuesday. Chulk gave up a pair of two-run homers in an inning of work and saw his ERA balloon to 7.36.

--OF Vernon Wells went 0-for-3 Tuesday, ending his 11-game hitting streak. However, Wells did reach base safely with a seventh inning walk and has now reached base safely in all 25 games the Jays have played.

--DH Shea Hillenbrand had a double in four trips to the plate and is now hitting .345. His batting average has risen from .217 to its present mark in the past 12 games.

--OF Eric Hinske, coming into the game in the seventh as a pinch hitter, had the only hit with runners in scoring position Tuesday as the Jays went 1-for-7 in those situations. Hinske drove in Shea Hillenbrand from third for just his third RBI of the year.

--Because of the Yankees-Red Sox rainout Tuesday in Boston, the Jays will now face RHP Josh Beckett in the first of a two-game series beginning Wednesday in Boston. Beckett will be matched up against RHP Roy Halladay.

BY THE NUMBERS: 13 -- The combined number of home runs CF Vernon Wells hit in the month of April in his opening four full seasons in the major leagues. This April, he slugged nine homers.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's fun to watch; he's coming into his own and figuring out what he's capable of doing." -- CF Vernon Wells, talking about the hot start of RF Alex Rios. Recommended Stories

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