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Mets’ catcher Rob Johnson tossed a scoreless inning against the Blue Jays last night

May 19, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

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The Blue Jays really put a hurting on the Mets last night, beating them 14-5 while connecting for five home runs. J.P. Arencibia and Rajai Davis each homered twice while the recently-promoted Yan Gomes became the first Brazilian-born player to homer in the major leagues.

As is often the case in blowouts of this magnitude, teams will call on a position player to soak up an inning or two as they rest the bullpen and focus on the next game. Mets’ catcher Rob Johnson had that distinction last night. And oddly enough, he was the team’s most effective pitcher. For one day, at least.

Johnson set aside the Blue Jays in order in the bottom of the eighth. He induced a pair of lazy pop-ups and managed to get Eric Thames looking on a strikeout to end the inning. He threw seven out 10 pitches for strikes and topped out at 87.4 mph on his “heater.” Look out, Frank Francisco.

You can watch a video of Johnson’s scoreless inning here while Chris McShane of Amazin’ Avenue broke down the appearance in further detail here.

  1. The Baseball Idiot - May 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Teams keep 13 pitchers on their rosters and still run out. Something just seems wrong.

    • paul621 - May 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      They didn’t run out of pitchers; they chose not to use them.

  2. cur68 - May 19, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Johnson was pretty good. Had a breaking ball (rolled it up there at about 67mph), and his fastball was better than Moyers. He looked like he knew what he was doing, too. No sign of discomfort or effort with his throwing: real easy delivery and good location. Beaver Wrestlers and their Brazilian still got a win, though, so that happned.

    Best part of the whole thing was Buck Martinez telling a yarn about the time he, Buck, got to pitch in regular season game. It was funny as hell.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 19, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    The Jays hitters were geared up for Rauch and Francisco and were laughing when they got Johnson.

    Bring on Francisco and Rauch. The hitters want to pay them back for all those blown saves last year.

    • Francisco (FC) - May 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      But they already have Francisco… oh you mean Frank Francisco.

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