J.A. Happ wasn’t as sharp against the Royals as he was in his first start, but he didn’t need to be. The Jays also didn’t need a good game from Jose Bautista (4 Ks). The bottom 5 players in the Jays batting order had six hits, five of which were doubles. They’re all the rage with the Jays lately and, even though I like the home run, I like this new trend. File this under strange but true: this is the second game this week that I’ve been about to comment that the Jays had fewer Ks than 2B, only to have them rack up several whiffs late in the game.
As has been the case lately though, there’s bad news attending the Blue Jays’ win. Jose Reyes was injured sliding into 2B on a steal. The extent of the injury isn’t known yet; a sprained ankle is the preliminary word. However, Buck and Tabby were eager to acquire a big name middle infielder to replace Reyes. Anyhow, he caught his spikes on the slide, turned his ankle awkwardly, and tears were shed before he was taken off the field. It seems serious but we don’t know anything for sure yet.
It’s the second time in three games that the Jays won ugly, but given the way they’re losing ugly, this is a nice change. All the weeping and gnashing of teeth, and the Jays will be a .500 team if they sweep the Royals.