Blue Jays 2 Red Sox 4: J.P. Arencibia homers but Jays still lose

Tom Szczerbowski

Red Sox 4 Blue Jays 2 (11 innings)

Once again, when we can pitch, we can't hit.

All the offense came from the bat of J.P. Arencibia, who had an RBI single in the fifth inning, his first hit of the month (and yes, it is the 13th today) and first first home run since July 19, in the 8th to tie the game. Other than that, we couldn't hit at all.

6 hits in 11 innings is all we could get. 2 for JP and Brett Lawrie. 1 each for Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

Todd Richmond had a good start. 5.1 innings, just 3 hits allowed, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts. He's not going to get us deep into games but 5 scoreless innings is pretty good.

Sergio Santos had some troubles, he gave up 3 hard hits, 1 walk and 2 earned. His first really bad outing of his injury shortened season. Aaron Loup was victimized by a plate umpire whose strike zone changed by the pitch. He threw strike three but the ump missed it and then Shane Victorino bounced a soft ground ball up the middle, between Mark DeRosa and Jose Reyes, scoring two and buying Loup the L.

We had a shot to win the in bottom of the ninth. Bautista led off with a single. Went to second on Edwin's ground out. Then John Idiot Farrell decides to walk Adam Lind. But Brett Lawrie popped out to right field on the first pitch he saw. Then Farrell brought in lefty Craig Breslow to face Maicer Izturis. Get that, Farrell walks Lind and brings in a lefty to face Izturis. And he wins. Gibby brought in Mark DeRosa to bat against the lefty, but he struck out, helped along by a terrible strike call by the plate umpire.

There was some good, Rajai Davis made as good a catch as you will ever see in 11th inning. He also had a nice catch earlier in the game. Brett Cecil, Neil Wagner, Darren Oliver and Casey Janssen all did a great job coming in from the pen. We were 2 for 7 with RISP, not bad really.

Jays of the Day are Redmond (.282 WPA), Janssen (.143), Cecil (.130), Wagner (.116) and Arencibia (.340, we won't mention his throwing error on a steal attempt, at least he didn't throw from his knees).

Suckage: Loup (-.412 helped by the ump and the lack of range in the middle infield), Santos (-.365), Izturis (-.155), Bonifacio (-.135), DeRosa (-.114) and Lind (-.105). Davis had a -.133, but that doesn't consider the two great catches, I wish he'd hit, but I did enjoy his defense.

Esmil Rogers gets tomorrow's start. I'd imagine Thad Weber will be first out of the bullpen and will likely pitch a few innings.

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