This was awful, but not in the same way as the last Tigers game or a few other games this season. This sucked because we saw Jose Reyes get injured and we saw Jose Reyes cry. The relevant details can be found in this post, but quickly: Reyes stole second, his back (left) foot spiked the dirt awkwardly, he came up holding it, was carted off the field, and was GIF'd crying. It was really tough to watch, and the potential fall out (also included in that linked post) isn't very nice to think about, either. But the worst part was seeing Reyes cry. Just...man. Break, sprain or achilles injury, that's not good.
Think people cared about this one? Maybe it was the win (I doubt it), but this one racked up 1871 comments and counting. I don't know how to do Tom's usual chart, but I think I had the most tweets at least...an annoying amount. Still though, follow me.
So let's discuss the game, pre-Reyes. It was a weird one.
The Jays jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with two singles, a walk and a double actually sequenced in a way that scored runs. It was nice to get some BABIP and sequencing love. Lind absolutely ripped his double, for what it's worth, and added a sacrifice fly and a walk later.
But J.A. Happ didn't want to have things easy with one of those silly "leads." No, no. He wanted to have a 41-pitch inning that gave three runs right back to the Royals. Happ was all over the place, nibbling when he should have attacked and being under-cautious when he should have been nibbling. He was very lucky Jeff Francoeur and Miguel Tejada start for this team, giving him a few key outs and a chance to re-adjust.
From there, Happ settled right down, finishing with five innings (a minor miracle given the pitch load in the first), giving up four earned.
In the second, the Jays jumped right back into the lead, 4-3, thanks to a hilarious play. Colby Rasmus doubled (that beautiful, beautiful swing!) and then Emilio Bonifacio doubled to score him. When the throw came home (Francoeur sailed it over the cut-off man), though, it was awry. Sal Perez then threw to try and get Bonifacio going to third, but that ball likewise went awry. This allowed Bonifacio to get the "little league home run," scoring on errors.
Let's fast forward to the sixth, now, when the circus music picked back up. With Lind on first, DeRosa hit a double to the wall. Third base coach Luis Rivera apparently confused Adam Lind for Juan Pierre, waving him home to see him thrown out by 10 feet. The Jays would still add three in the frame, including two on a Reyes single...
And then the injury. I don't want to talk about it any further. All of the frowns.
At 8-4, that was it for the scoring. The only two other things of note, really, were that Jose Bautista covered third base when positions were swapped all over the diamond (this is covered in the injury post), and that Sergio Santos was deployed in the sixth inning to face the bottom of the order. I know his triceps has been sore but this seemed like a ridiculously low-leverage situation to use your best reliever in, and I hope it's not a sign of his spot in the pecking order right now.
Aaron Loup got the rogue three-inning save with three masterful frames, allowing no runners and striking out one and, more importantly, speeding things up so I could drown my Reyes sorrows quicker.
Now, full disclousre: I have no idea if this is a proper post-game report or not, as it's my first crack at doing one here at BBB (at Raptors Republic, I do whatever the heck I want). Hopefully I hit the salient points and, if not, I'm sure one of our crack staff will jump on it in the AM.
Enjoy your weekend everyone. And please, #PrayesForReyes.