Let’s get the complaint out of the way first.
Early in the game there was a foul ball that Teoscar Hernandez should have caught quite easily, but he kind of lollygagged after it. Ran slowly, in a bit of a circular route, and watched it fall a few feet in front of him. I don’t know why it wasn’t called an error. A reasonable effort would have made it an easy catch.
Being fair, someone must have talked to him, because later in the game there was a fly ball hit between him and Kevin Pillar and I was sure Pillar would take it, but Teoscar hustled, got there and then made a good throw to stop the runner on third from scoring. And, later, he hit a home run.
Also, Yangervis Solarte had a popup near the seats in about a straight line from third base, and he overran it and missed an easy catch. And, another time there was a ground ball over third base and he didn’t even make a move on it. I’m not sure if he had any chance, but make an effort. Yangervis didn’t do anything to make up for his crappy defense.
This time we knew who Mike Hauschild was, when he started the game. He pitched two good innings and then it all came crashing down. He allowed 3 hits, a walk, and 4 earned, while getting just 1 out.
The bullpen didn’t do much better:
- Luis Santos went 2 innings, allowed 2 hits, 1 earned, 3 walks with a strikeout.
- Jake Petricka went 1.2, allowed 3 hits including a home run and 2 earned.
- Danny Barnes gave up a run off 2 hits, and had 2 strikeouts in his inning.
- Joe Biagini had yet another tough inning, 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 earned, a wild pitch, with 1 strikeout.
- Jaime Garcia pitched a 1, 2, 3 ninth, with a strikeout, the only inning we didn’t allow a baserunner.
Offensively, we did little until the 6th inning when Teoscar hit a 2-run homer. Then, in the 7th, Randal Grichuk had a 3-run homer, putting us back to within a field goal (until Biagini gave up a couple of runs in the bottom of the inning and we were back to needing a touchdown).
We had 9 hits on the night. Justin Smoak had the big day, going 3 for 4. Russell Martin was 1 for 2 with 2 walks, bringing his average to .199 on the season. Grichuk had 2 hits, the homer and a broken bat single in the 9th.
We had 0 fors from Travis, Morales and Solarte (he reached on a Xander Bogaerts error).
We did have a couple of good plays on defense. Pillar made a nice catch running into the scoreboard in left-center. And Travis made a nice jumping catch on a line drive over his head. And we turned 2 double plays.
No one had the Jays of the Day number, but let’s give one to Smoak and Grichuk.
Suckage: Hauschild (-.228) is the one with the number. but all the relievers, other than Garcia, were terrible too. And let’s give one to Solarte for the 0 for 4 and bad defense.
We had 459 comments in the game thread. Martin led the way, good job sir.