Toronto Blue Jays top pitching prospect, fireball thrower Nate Pearson made his second career major league start last night. Once again, he left the mound with no decision. It's been a frustrating start for the the hurler clocked at throwing 105 mph fastballs.
Pearson mowed down the world champion Washington Nationals last week in his MLB debut. He pitched five scoreless innings, though the Blue Jays bats gave the new ace no run support. The Nationals ended up winning the game in extra innings.
Last night against Atlanta, Pearson wasn't quite as sharp. He surrendered 3 runs in 5 innings. Once again, Blue Jays hitters didn't help their starter. Pearson left the game after five innings with the game tied. Another no-decision for Pearson, and yet another late loss for Toronto. The Braves blasted a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth, for the win.
Pearson has to be getting a little frustrated with the lack of run support. He's struck out 10 batters, boasts a very respectable 2.70 ERA, and should get better as the season progresses.
Toronto fans hope this isn't a wasted effort. The Blue Jays at 4-6 aren't playing well, losing several close games. Clutch hitting seems non-existent.
All Nate Pearson can do is keep throwing fire. And hopefully, Blue Jays bats will come alive. If that happens, this darkhorse team could come alive. It's not too late yet to make a move in the tough AL East. But the clock is ticking.
It's time for the Blue Jays to come start winning. Perhaps upcoming home games in Buffalo (New York) will be just the right tonic to cure a lackluster season, so far.
We'll be watching, and betting, and cheering.
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