The part that I’ll remember, about this game, is that Jose Bautista singled in the second (hit hard off the left field wall, 3 feet higher and it would have been a home run) and hit a sac fly in the 4th inning, for his (more than likely) last RBI as a member of the Blue Jays. That gives him 766 as a Blue Jay and 927 career.
I’m feeling pretty nostalgic. I’ve been a Bautista fan for the last decade, I’m not sure what watching the team will be like without him.
We got a nice start from Brett Anderson. He went 5 innings, allowed just 3 singles and had 3 strikeouts. The strike zone was really wide (for both teams) today, and Anderson took advantage. It will be interesting to see what the Jays decide to do with Anderson this winter.
From the pen:
- Luis Santos pitched a very nice inning, with 2 strikeouts.
- Danny Barnes gave up the only run the Yankees would get, a Matt Holliday homer. He also gave up a double in his inning of work.
- Ryan Tepera pitched a quick 8th (quick was the word of the day), with 2 strikeouts.
- Roberto Osuna got his 39th save with a 3 up 3 down 9th.
We scored our second run in the 8th. Rob Refsnyder struck out, but made it to first when the pitch got past Yankees catcher Austin Romine. Ezequiel Carrera followed up with a walk (after being robbed on the first ball 4 he saw). Darwin Barney bunted (on his third try of the at bat). I’m not a fan of the bunt with runners on first and second but with the speed we had on the bases, that was the time to do it. Mr. Clutch, Ryan Goins, tapped one just in front of the plate, but Refsnyder was running on contact and scored easy. RBI #62 for Ryan, setting a career high.
The Jays only had 2 hits on the day. Bautista and Justin Smoak. Justin’s was just under the Yankees’ second baseman glove. And we had 2 walks, one each from Richard Urena and Carrera. Winning a game with just 5 base runners isn’t our normal way to win.
Jays of the Day: Anderson (.296 WPA), Tepera (.143).
Suckage: Miguel Montero (-.112, 0 for 2, ground outs, and he looked like he was limping on them) and Teoscar Hernandez (-.111, 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts, they are throwing him curvy things).
With the Orioles loss, the Jays finish fourth, the first time all season that we weren’t in last is the final day.
Our last game of the season. Thanks to everyone for sharing it with us. Just because the season is over, it doesn’t mean that we are shutting down. We’ll be keeping up with all the news of the off-season and I know Matt W has things he wants to say about this season (as do I). And we’ll have open threads for all the playoff games.
We had 488 comments in our last GameThread of the year. TimmyMax led us to victory. Great job.