That wasn't the most exciting game I've ever watched, that I stayed awake through the whole thing is a surprise. But a sweep is a sweep, we'll take it.
That was the best I remember seeing Esmil Rogers pitch. Of course, it might have something to do with it being against the Twins. Rogers went 7.2, allowing just 3 hits, 2 singles and a double (which wasn't a clean double, Rajai Davis and Moises Sierra bumped into each other picking up the rolling ball, just stupid baseball), 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. 11 ground outs, with just 5 fly outs.
Without Ryan Goins, Esmil would have allowed a run. With Pedro Florimon on third (after his gift double) and Alex Presley on first, on a single, and no outs, Chris Herrmann ground one at Goins. Goins wasn't playing in, but he still went for the runner going home. He had an easy double play, but he made the perfect throw home and J.P. Arencibia made a great tag. That was a very gutsy play. Most (just about every) other second baseman would have taken the DP, and I wouldn't blame them. Great play Goins. And the Twins were nice enough to follow that with 2 quick outs.
We did almost nothing on offense, until the 8th inning. Goins led off with a single. Kevin Pillar put down a nice bunt to move him to second. Then Jose Reyes doubled to the wall. I'm sure Goins would have scored from first on the play, but lets say the bunt helped. Reyes stole third. Then Rajai popped one up to shallow center, but it glanced off the glove of a diving Brian Dozier, who ran a long way to come up short.
Unfortunately, Rajai put his head down and didn't run on the pop up, he would have easily been into second on the play, but, because he wasn't running, he had to stop at first. Then he was thrown out stealing. . It wasn't Rajai's best day. I didn't think he needed to be talked to after taking 2nd late in yesterday's game, but today, he needed someone to remind him to play the game.
We only managed 4 hits in 7 innings off Saskatchewan's Andrew Albers. He was great, changing speeds and hitting his spots. Fortunately we were able to score off releiver Jared Burton.
Sergio Santos got the last out of the 8th inning, after Brett Cecil relieved Rogers and gave up a single. Santos has looked great. Casey Janssen picked up his 29 save, allowing a ground ball single, but painting the bottom of the strike zone to get 2 strikeouts in the 9th,.
Jays of the Day are Rogers (.535 WPA), Reyes (.230) and Janssen (.100).
Suckage goes to Sierra (-.104, 0 for 4, plus turning the single into a double, with Davis), Lawrie (-.099, 0 for 4, strikeout) and Davis (-.086, plus not running out the pop up).
So the Jays earn their day off tomorrow with the sweep.