Great to see a full house, hoping we see more of the same in the near future. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
Rangers 3 Blue Jays 7
A great day. The ceremony for Roberto Alomar couldn't have been better. I loved how they had Robby walk through the crowd to the field. John McDonald made a great speech and the video tribute was fun to watch.
And the game itself could hardly have been better.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a 2 run homer in the first. Johnny Mac drove in a run in the second. We scored 1 more in the 3rd. Then 3 in the 4th, one on a J.P. Arencibia single and 2 more on, a hard hit, Colby Rasmus double to the center field wall. That was more than enough scoring to get the win. Every Jay starter had a hit or a walk except for Eric Thames (0 for 4, 2 k) and Jose Molina (0 for 4, 1 k).
Brandon Morrow had a great game. He walked the first batter on 4 pitches and we wondered if he was going to copy his last start, but 2 strikeouts and a caught stealing later, he was out of the inning. He gave up 2 runs in the 7th, though if Eric Thames could have taken a direct route to Josh Hamilton's fly to right, he would have had 7 shutout innings. In all, in 7 innings, he gave up 6 hits, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts with the 2 earned runs.
Jays of the Day are Morrow (.199 WPA) and Edwin (.148). Colby Rasmus gets honorable mention for his two hits. No Suckage Jays.
Johnny Mac is also the award winner for dumb play of the game. In the 2nd he singled, then stole 2nd, but then with 2 out and Rajai Davis just taking ball four, Mac was caught stealing. It wasn't close. How many times have players been told not to make the 3rd out at 3rd base? There is very very little to gain in going from 2nd going to 3rd with 2 out and ending the inning with Davis on first, and a very hot J.P. Arencibia about to bat, is just bad baseball.
Anyway, great game and there was a sell out crowd to see Roberto's number retired. Tomorrow, being a holiday here in Canada, is an off day for the Jays. Stupid MLB. Tuesday we start a 3 game series against the Rays, in Tampa Bay (really St. Petersburg). We are a game behind the Rays at the moment (Rays are playing the Mariners right now). A series win could put us in 3rd.