The Jays scored 3 runs in the first inning and then only get 2 more hits over the next 9 innings.
After Rajai Davis hit the 2-run home run, following Edwin Encarnacion's run scoring double, in the top of the first, things looked pretty good. 3-0 early is a good thing. The rest of the way, the Diamondback pitchers faced the minimum number of batters. Jose Reyes singled to lead off the 6th, but Ryan Goins hit into a double play. And Brett Lawrie singled to lead off the 10th, but Rajai Davis couldn't put down a bunt and Adam Lind hit into a double play.
Arizona scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd, off an Encarnacion error, letting a slowly bouncing ball get past him and then back-to-back doubles by Matt Davidson and Miguel Montero . We had a shot at the runner at the plate, on the first double, but Rajai threw the ball over the cutoff man. How many times has Rajai thrown to the wrong place this season? Wrong base, missing the cutoff man? It seems to be the way he does things. Maybe someone talk to him about it.
Then, in the bottom of the 10th, Chavez singled off Luis Perez. Jeremy Jeffress came in and game up two ground ball singles and that was the game. Jeffress was throw hard, 97 on some pitches, but unfortunately the ground balls missed his infielders. I will admit, I hated that the Jays allowed A.J. Pollock to just take second base, uncontested, in the 10th inning. We had runners on the corners, a double play would have ended the inning, but we didn't hold Pollock at first and he took second through 'defensive indifference'. We shouldn't have been indifferent to that.
We turned two more double plays today, and for the most part our defense was good, other than Edwin's error and Rajai's throw.
Mark Buehrle was pretty good again. 6.1 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.
Sergio Santos relieved him, with runners on the corners and one out and gave up the sac fly. Steve Delabar went 1.2, allowing just 1 hit and 2 strikeouts. Luis Perez, got 2 strikeouts and gave up 1 single, but got the loss. Jeffress was throwing hard, but gave up 2 hits.
Jay of the Day is Delabar (.218 WPA).
Suckage goes to Jeffress (-.360), Goins (-.180, 0 for 4, 2 k) and Lind (-.144, for hitting into a double play in his pinch hit appearance). I'd give one to Rajai, for the bad throw and the lousy bunt attempt, but then he hit the home run.
Tomorrow's an off-day for the Jays, which is ok, I could us an off day from baseball.
Nice game thread for a weekday loss, 27 of us put up 393 comments. Kraemer_17 lapped us all again.
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