August 2, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus (28) bunts the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
Blue Jays 1 A's 4
So again, a bad inning costs us. Henderson Alvarez gave up 3 runs in the 3rd, on a single, wild pitch (Gomes isn't a great defensive catcher), RBI single and 2-run Josh Reddick homer. With our offense that was all the A's needed.
Henderson wasn't good. He went 5 innings, 4 hits, 3 earned, 5 walks (one an intentional walk, more on that later), 1 k. Steve Delabar came in after Alvarez walked the leadoff hitter in the 6th. He got out of the inning despite a wild pitch and a walk. J.A. Happ pitched the last 2 innings, giving up a run on 3 hits and 2 walks, with 4 k. He wasn't very impressive.
Speaking of not impressive, our offense did almost nothing against Bartolo Colon for 8 innings. We did get 7 hits off him, but all of them were singles. Add in 3 hits, against the A's bullpen, one an actual extra base hit, and we had a big 10 hits. 2 each for Colby Rasmus, Edwin Encarnacion (I hope his slump is ending) and Yunel Escobar.
We did take a shot at making things interesting in the 9th. David Cooper doubled to start the inning. Rajai Davis got on by infield single, helped by the pitcher not covering 1st base on a ball hit to his left. Yan Gomes struck out, swinging at a pitch high and outside. Moises Sierra drove in a run by barely beating out a double play. Brett Lawrie singled to bring the tying run to the plate but Colby ground out to end the game.
No Jay of the Day today. Suckage awards go to Alvarez (-.158) and Gomes (-.100, 0 for 4, 2 k, plus allowing 2 "wild pitches" go past him).
We had our share of stupid moves. In the 5th Coco Crisp hit a fly to Rajai, who 'lost it in the lights'. My favorite part was when he watched the ball go past then turned to look back at the lights, before running to get the ball. It was ruled a 3 base error.
The same inning, with Crisp on third, Farrell had Henderson intentionally walk Josh Reddick to pitch to Yoenis Cespedes. I hate intentional walks. I think taking the pitcher's attention away from the strike zone is a bad idea. Ignoring that, walking someone to face Cespedes just doesn't seem smart. Alvarez walked him loading the bases. Fortunately Brandon Moss hit into a double play, so the strategy worked.
Then in the 9th with Cooper on third and Davis on first, Davis almost got caught on the stupid 'fake throw to third, throw to first' move. He bit on the fake but, luckily, got back before the tag. Davis' run didn't matter, so there was no way should he have been wandering off the bag. Anyone dumb enough to be caught by that move should be banned from profession baseball.
Anyway, another loss, our 15th straight (no 5th actually, it just seems like 15). Remember when we were complaining about being .500 all the time. Well, those were the good old days. Tomorrow Brett Cecil (2-4, 5.56) goes up against the A's and their top prospect Dan Straily, making his first MLB start. Let's win one, please. I'm starting to get grumpy.