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Jays win to finish out the season

Justin Smoak hits two doubles in, likely, his final Jays game

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

Rays 3 Blue Jays 8

That’s a wrap on the season.

Breyvic Valera had a very good game. We were making fun of the fact that we didn’t know his game, but he had a good enough game, so I had to make sure I got the spelling right. He made (at least) two excellent plays in the field, playing third base, he put down a very pretty bunt single and he hit a home run, the first of his career (on his 120th MLB at bat) and an RBI double in the seventh. He needed another at bat and a triple for the cycle. I don’t expect that he’ll be a Jay next year, but, if not, he had a very good game to finish his Jays career.

Clay Buchholz had a very good game too. 5 inning (it hurts my old man status to say 5 innings is a good start), 4 hits (2 that really were Teoscar Hernandez errors, but he played them so badly he didn’t get a glove on them. There is the lesson kids, screw up really badly it won’t be called an error), 1 earned (on a Ji-Man Choi home run), 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. The two balls misplayed by Teoscar, both for doubles, didn’t cost us on the scoreboard. It cost Clay a few pitches, but I don’t think he was going more than 5 today. Nice to see him end the season on a good note. I’m not expecting he’ll be back next year, but he did seem like a good teammate. Maybe he’ll find a job next year.

And Justin Smoak had two doubles and he made a nice pick at first base. I’m going to miss you Justin. I’ve enjoyed watching you develop into a very good major league player.

Considering the starting lineup didn’t look imposing at all, we scored a good number of runs:

  • 2 in the first: Teoscar and Cavan Biggio starting the game off with back-to-back singles (Cavan continuing his on base streak to 29 games). Teoscar would steal third and Cavan, later, would get to second on a wild pitch, with both scoring on Justin Smoak’s first double of the day.
  • 3 in the fourth: Valera had his bunt single and Jonathan Davis singled, setting up Teoscar’s 3-run homer. It wasn’t a cheapy, he crushed it.
  • 1 in the sixth: Valera’s home run.
  • 2 in the seventh: With two out we had back-to-back-to-back doubles from Tellez, Smoak and Valera. Smoak got a very nice hand from the crowd at Rogers Center and came out of the game, getting a standing ovation and a lot of hugs from his teammates.

We had 11 hits, 3 walks and Jonathan Davis got hit by pitch yet again.

Valera had 3 hits. Teoscar and Smoak had 2 hits each.

After Buchholz:

  • Wilmer Font pitched 2 scoreless innings, giving up 1 hit, with 3 strikeouts.
  • Jordan Romano got beat up in the eighth, giving up 3 hits, 2 earned, while getting just one out.
  • Jason Adam gave up a single, scoring one of the runs against Romano. Then he got a double play ball, but the Jays only got one out, a poor throw by Biggio, and Billy McKinney couldn’t pick it. But Biggio made up for it with a nice catch on a line drive in short right, playing in the shift.
  • Tepera pitched the ninth. He had a nice quick inning.

Blue Jays finish the season 67-95, so there is work to do in the future.

Jays of the Day: Buchholz (.140 WPA), Teoscar (.266, but should take some off that for the two mistakes in the field) and Smoak (.162).

No Suckage Jays. Grichuk had the low mark at -.073 for his 0 for 3.

I want to thank everyone for making the GameThreads so much fun this year. We’ll have open threads for the playoff games and we’ll be looking back at the season, over the next few months and looking at the future too. And there will be a bunch of looking out the window and waiting for spring. If you could look at my window, it is ugly out there now.

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