Rinse. Wash. Repeat. Some late inning theatrics aside, the Jays began a new series just as they ended the last yesterday, losing a low scoring one-run affair to Minnesota. Walkoff #15 for the season.
They scored two runs. The first broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 5th, as Raffy Lopez led off with double, moved to 3rd on a bunt by Richard Urena (this again? seriously? just let the man hit) and scored on a single by Josh Donaldson into the Bermuda triangle between a trio of Twins defenders.
The second came courtesy of Justin Smoak, who launched a game tying solo shot with two out in the top of the 9th. Alas, Byron Buxton returned the favour in the bottom of the 10th, a two out home run off Luis Santos to walk off the Blue Jays. Apparently torching the Jays three weeks ago wasn't enough.
The Jays missed several opportunities to score. The best chance for a crooked number was in the second, as they had two on with one out and loaded the bases with two out, but Jose Berrios got Urena swinging to end the inning. Kendrys Morales walked leading off the 6th, but couldn't score from second on a two out single by Ryan Goins, and Teoscar Hernandez struck out.
The beat goes on. Runners on the corners in the 7th with one out, but Jose Bautista and Morales struck out. Pillar doubled in the 10th with one out, but a pair of groundouts stranded him at third. Frankly, fail to capitalie to this many opportunities and you don't really deserve to win.
Brett Anderson held the Twins scoreless over the first four innings, though it was pretty messy with a lot of baserunners and it was luck more than anything that runs stayed off the board. The wheels feel off in the 5th, as after the leadoff batter was retired Anderson walked the bases loaded. Jorge Polanco hit a two run single, and both the Jays lead and Anderson were done for the night.
Danny Barnes came in and - speaking of more lucky than good - got Eduardo Escobar to line into a line play. He got through the 6th, though with a couple more runners. Tom Koehler pitched a shutout 7th, albeit with an almost home run just foul; Leonel Campos walked the only batter he faced in the 8th before Aaron Loup took over and got out of the inning. Carlos Ramirez sent the game to extras, erasing a leadoff Loup HBP on a double play.
Jays of the Day: Smoak (+0.400 WPA), Ramirez (0.215) and Lopez (0.112). Barnes (0.162) had the number, but didn't deserve it.
Suckage: Santos (-0.359), Urena (-0.235), Bautista (-0.221), Darwin Barney (-0.192), Anderson (-0.137), Morales (-0.125). Shout-out to Teoscar Hernandez (-0.081) and Michael Saunders (-0.076) for almost hitting the threshold in 1 AB apiece.
Tomorrow, J.A. Happ will try to even the series against Bartolo Colon, who got torched in his last start so should be good for about 6-7 innings of one run ball against the Jays. Same time, same place, if you have the stomach.