The Blue Jays played one of the best teams in baseball tough and nearly came away with a series sweep. Unfortunately the Jays had to settle for two out of three as the team failed to come back during Sunday’s game three finale. I didn’t like seeing Jose Bautista basically come unglued during his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth inning with the game on the line. One borderline call and he lost all focus and essentially gave Joe Nathan an easy out.
Game two of the series was crazy with an 18-inning marathon, Wes recapped:
Casey Janssen came on to close out the game and struggled just enough to blow the save but not the game. He gave up a single, a walk, and then a bloop single to pinch hitter AJ Pierzynski, scoring a run, and a sac fly to Elvis Andrus, to tie the game at 3-3. August 27, 2012 was the last time Janssen blew a save opportunity, a stretch of 18 such appearances. It also brought to a close the long stretch of scoreless innings twirled by the Jays’ ‘pen.
The Jays have an interesting situation facing them. Josh Thole pinch hit for DeRosa, but Arencibia stayed in the game. Thole, though he has no experience, moved to 1B and Edwin shifted to 3B. An infield of JPA-Thole-Boni-Izturis-Edwin might be the worst I’ve seen. Also, Aaron Loup is the last RP, and every out made by Lincoln seems like a gift.
Aaron Loup relieved Brad Lincoln in the 18th inning. He gave up a lead off double to David Murphy and hit Pierzynski. Murphy was caught off 2B and Pierzynski moved to 2B on the rundown.
18 innings was all it took. A one out single by Emilio Bonifacio caused too much of a disturbance for Ross Wolf, who threw a ball away trying to keep Boni close. Boni advanced to 3B and scored on a base hit by Rajai Davis. TEX (1-19) and TOR (2-17) were 3-36 with RISP. This is a good win for the Jays.
Read all of his insightful prior game recaps here.
I posed a hypothetical trade rumour involving Jose Bautista heading to Texas for a top rated prospect, check it out.
Wes had a look at how all of the young talent the Blue Jays have dealt in the past year in various trade has been performing for their new teams. Check out the piece here and see how Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, Justin Nicolino and Jake Marisnick have performed.
Be sure to check out the daily AL East Prospect report. Focusing on the five AL East farm systems and notable daily performances!
CURRENT RECORD: 27-35, 5th place, 11.o games out of first place. (-31 run differential)
Here are the quick recaps and boxscores: (click on game scores for the Yahoo! boxscore)
Game 1 – Blue Jays 6, Rangers 1 – Encarnacion with key double, bullpen continues strong run.
Game 2 – Blue Jays 4, Rangers 3 – 18-inning marathon!
Game 3 – Rangers 6, Blue Jays 4 – Beltre homers in 7th, Blue Jays fail to come back late.
UP NEXT: Three game series in Chicago starts Monday versus the White Sox (27-34, -37 run differential).