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Game 88: Blue Jays 3, Indians 0

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TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 15: Derek Lowe #26 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 15, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 15: Derek Lowe #26 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 15, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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This one was very frustrating. Carlos Villanueva pitched like he was being paid by the minute, walking around the mound between pitches, and when he finally delivered a pitch, it is most likely just off the corner of the plate. He would get behind in the count, but continue to throw changeup after changeup. And you know what? It worked. The Indians managed just three hits against Villanueva and couldn't score a run, even though they worked five walks. There were runners in scoring position in the first, second, fourth, and sixth, but the Indians just couldn't get a hit in those situations.

Meanwhile Derek Lowe pitched a good game, but had one bad inning. Like yesterday, that bad inning was the third, and it gave the Blue Jays a lead that they wouldn't relinquish. Lowe for that inning had a momentary bout of wildness, and the Jays took advantage of it with two RBI singles. Lowe walked in the third run of the inning, but after that, he allowed just one base runner (a 6th inning walk) the rest of his day. But thanks to Villanueva's mesmerizing pitches, those three runs turned out to be the margin of victory.


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