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Goodbye, Goodnight: Orioles 5, Jays 4

The Jays' season came sputtering to a close this afternoon with a series sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. Today's game was an extra-inning affair the Jays lost in the bottom of the 11th.

On the MoundRicky Romero pitched pretty well for the Jays, though he gave up 4 runs.  Three walks in 7 innings hurt him, but he struck out 8 and only gave up 5 hits (one of which was a 2-run home run by Nick Markakis). The long ball has been a thorn in Romero's side all season and will surely be something he works on next year. 

At the Plate:  Edwin Encarnacion hit another home run, which was encouraging.  Edwin had a very good close to the season, batting .261/.343/.500 from September 1st on.  If his wrist issues are behind him, he could have a good season at the plate next year.  Jose Bautista and John McDonald also hit solo shots, and Travis Snider added an RBI double.  Randy Ruiz had 2 doubles, a single, and a walk for a nice afternoon at the office. Vernon Wells had one of those days, going 0-5 and leaving a lot of men on base before Joe Inglett took his spot in the lineup to give him a bit of an early end to the season.

From the PenJesse Carlson and Shawn Camp combined to hold the line for three innings, giving the Jays the chance to tie it at four on J-Mac's home run in the 7th, but Brandon League had some serious problems in the 11th, giving up a leadoff single and then throwing two away in a row and allowing the run to score.  His focus just wasn't there - understandable, I suppose, given the circumstances - he has had a ridiculously hard-luck season and likely just wanted it to be over.  I'm going to go ahead and pencil him in for a big season next year. 

The Jays finish the season at 75-87, pretty poor considering how hot they started.  Their pythagorean record, however, was over .500 (83-79), showing that the Jays have been the victim of poor run distribution.  Normally, I might say bad luck, but this is the third straight season that the Jays have underperformed their pythagorean record and particularly struggled to hit with runners in scoring position, so that really won't fly.