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A bad inning costs the Jays a win

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Blue Jay 2 Twins 5

Until the bottom of the 8th, that was a fun game.

J.A. Happ was cruising along. Through 7 innings he had allowed just 1 hit and 2 walks. He was nearly perfect. Then came the bottom of the 8. Happ gave up a single, then a walk. Kurt Suzuki popped up a bunt for an easy out and it looked like we might get out of it. But Danny Santana doubled to tied the game.

Perhaps Happ should have been pulled earlier. The walk to Darin Mastroianni hurt and maybe he should have come out after that, but he had been pitching so well,

Gavin Floyd came in, hit a batter and gave up an Eduardo Nunez home run to put us down 5-2. That's the 3rd home run off Floyd in 21 innings.

We should have done more on offense. We only scored  2 runs off rookie lefty Pat Dean in 6 innings. We should hit lefties better than that. We only managed 6 hits all game.

Our runs came on a Jose Bautista 2-run homer in the 3rd and Michael Saunders solo shot in the top of the 9th.

In stupid umpire news, Josh Donaldson was ejected in the first inning. I'm still not sure why. Josh took a pitch low, and it was called a strike. Josh wasn't happy, but really didn't say much or show up the umpire at all. Then, after Josh ground out to second, it looked like Josh was talking back to someone on the Twins' bench or in the stands and maybe the plate ump thought it was directed at him and he quickly ejected Josh.

Umps should be smarter. If you are going to throw out the MVP, you should have a good reason. Fans come to see the stars.

Sounds like that's what happened:

Jay of the Day: Jose Bautista (.158 WPA).

Suckage: Floyd (-.317). And the whole offense, minus Bautista, should get an honorary Suckage award.

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