The bottom of the 9th was the most fun, I've had watching the Jays in weeks. Unfortunately, the game didn't end right.
In the 9th, Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera each had ground ball singles squeeze through the infield. The first one, that Jose hit, Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia collided. In retrospect, I wish Holt was hurt.. Jose Bautista walked to load the bases and Clay Buchholz was lifted for righty Koji Uehara to face Adam Lind. Farrell never got the memo that Lind doesn't hit lefties. Lind didn't make him pay, hitting a ground ball, that almost made it through the infield, but Pedroia made a nice play on it, almost turning it into a double play. Thankfully, Bautista took out Holt with his slide into second. It was a good thing he did. Edwin Encarnacion hit a double off the wall (I thought it was going to be a game winning home run, it just came up short), but at least it tied things up.
In the top of the 10th, Aaron Sanchez gave up a 1-out single to Holt. Pedroia struck out but Holt stole second on the third strike (it was reviewed, there might have been interference on Pedroia's part but we didn't get the call). Holt stole third, then scored when Yoenis Cespedes singled just past a diving Munenori Kawasaki. He came so close, great try, Mune.
We tried for another comeback. Danny Valencia took a one out walk, but Kawasaki hit into a force at second and Reyes popped out to end it.
For most of the game, we couldn't hit. Jiffy Lube allowed just 2 hits in his first 8 innings. The Sox made a few good plays, but mostly we really didn't have all that many hard hit balls. Two soft hits, and a walk, in the 9th got Farrell to take him out of the game for us.
J.A. Happ was pretty good. He gave up a couple of home runs in the 5th inning, Mookie Betts solo shot and a Pedroia 2-run homer. In all he allowed 5 hits, walked 2 and struck out 8. Unfortunately, since we aren't hitting at all, 3 runs are too many to give up.
Todd Redmond pitched the last 3 innings and was great. He allowed just 1 hit and 1 walk, to give us the shot at the comeback.
Back in the 3rd inning, Melky Cabrera made a great play in left field, running a long way to the wall, made the catch and a then made a perfect throw to 3rd to get the runner tagging, saved us from what looked to be a bad inning building. He made two other very good catches. He's been so much better in LF lately. I don't know what has gotten into him, but I approve.
Edwin Encarnacion gets the JoD. with a .474 WPA. I'm also giving one to Todd Redmond for his 3 scoreless innings of relief.
Suckage? Aaron Sanchez gets the number (-.290). It is hardly fair, but that's baseball. Also getting the number are Dioner Navarro (-.192), Kawasaki (-.190, 0 for 4, 1 k), Colby Rasmus (-.169, 0 for 4, 2 k), Reyes (-.152, 1 for 5, but not the big hit when we needed it) and Lind (-.112, 1 for 4).
We had 552 comments, MjwW just beat me out for the win.
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