MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 19: Jose Bautista #19, Colby Rasmus #28, and Rajai Davis #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate after the 10-9 win over the Milwaukee Brewers during the Interleague game at Miller Park on June 19, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
Wow. That was amazing.
The Jays go back-to-back-to-back for just the 6th time in team history. The last time was April 9, 2005 when Vernon Wells, Corey Koskie and Shea Hillenbrand did it. The first time ever it was April 26, 1984 with Willie Upshaw, George Bell and Jesse Barfield turning the trick.
Tonight it was Colby Rasmus, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. But that wasn't enough because we gave up a grand slam. So Colby and Jose went back-to-back in the 9th to give us the lead again. I don't think we've ever done 3 in row and 2 in a row in the same game ever before. I wonder how often the same two batters have gone back-to-back in a game before?
I'm not going to try to describe everything that happen but here is some of it:
- Jesse Chavez first couple of innings went well. The 3rd? Well, it went out, double, out, double, walk, walk, hit batter, walk and walk, before Farrell put him out of our misery. The line, 3 hits, 4 earned, 4 walks, 4k. I wonder if he gets another start?
- Carlos Villanueva gave us 2.1 good innings. 1 hit, 1 walk, 4 k, no runs. He had a shot at a win when we score 4 in the 6th, including the 3 homers.
- Robert Coello was terrible (I imagine he is on a plane to Vegas at this moment). He loaded the bases, while getting just 1 out.
- Jason Frasor wasn't any better. Taking over for Coello, with the bases loaded, he walked in a run and gave up a grand slam to put us down by 3 runs.
- Francisco Cordero, Darren Oliver and Casey Janssen got us through the last three innings without any more runs scoring. Cordero was lucky or perhaps good at the right moments, to make it through a clean inning. But then if Colby would have closed his glove on a fly to the wall, it would have been much easier. With a guy on, George Kottaras hit one to the wall, Colby ran a mile to get a glove on it but then didn't hold on, putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. But a ground out with the infield in and a pop out, both to Edwin got him out of trouble.
- On offense, we had 6 home runs. 1 in the 3rd, 2 run shot for Brett Lawrie. Then the 3 in the 6th and the 2 in the 9th.
- We had 13 hits. 3 for J.P. Arencibia, including a double, I hope that's the end of his slump. And two each for Lawrie, Rasmus, Bautista, Edwin and Yunel Escobar. No one else had a hit. Kelly Johnson went 0 for 5 with 2 k. Rajai Davis went 0 for 3 with a walk and a k.
Jays of the Day are Jose (.487 WPA), Colby (.362), Edwin (.202), Casey (.194), Brett (.164), JP (.129) and Carlos (.112).
Suckage: Frasor (-.489), Chavez (-.371), Coello (-.164), and Rajai (-.141).
I don't think the Brewers should have used John Axeford so soon after his wife gave birth.
Tomorrow we have an afternoon game to decide the series. Jays have someone starting. They aren't saying. I'd guess Luis Perez but I'd also think that we have a reinforcement or two for the pen coming from Vegas right now. 2:00 Eastern start. Yovani Gallardo starts for the Brewers.