Five-run first puts Reds past Jays
Blue Jays can't dig themselves out of early hole
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- It may be home to Graceland, but Memphis was anything but graceful for the Toronto Blue Jays.Starter Pete Walker, with an assist to an off-target Russ Adams, put the Jays in a hole they never dug themselves out of, as the Cincinnati Reds scored five first-inning runs on their way to a 6-2 win. The two teams hook up again Saturday in Louisville, Ky., to close out the Spring Training schedule for both teams. Adams, the Jays rookie shortstop, had a pair of first-inning throwing errors as the Reds sent 10 men to the plate. Adams has seven errors this spring in 21 games. Sean Casey drove in the Reds' first run with an RBI double, delivering Ryan Freel from third. An RBI groundout by Austin Kearns, RBI singles by Joe Randa and D'Angelo Jimenez, and another RBI groundout by Rich Aurilia were more offense than the Reds would need. Walker gave up another run in the second before turning the ball over to Brandon League in the third. League went three scoreless innings, but the damage had been done. The Jays' total offense consisted of an RBI double by Vernon Wells in the third, and an RBI single by Gabe Gross in the sixth, bumping his spring team lead in RBIs to 19.
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