Seven Years Ago Today
The Jays and Rangers played 18 innings and best of all, the good guys win.
For a while it seemed like it was the game that would never end.
We scored 3 runs in the third inning. Edwin Encarnacion singled, Adam Lind walked, and Colby Rasmus hit a line drive to right-center field. Edwin scored easy. Lind? It would have been a closeish play, but Jurickson Profar, Rangers second baseman’s relay throw went wide of home and Colby scored.
We put up zeros for the next 14 innings.
Mark Buehrle had a great start. A month earlier, he allowed a 7 run inning against the Rays. His season turned around after that inning. In his 5 starts between that game and this game, Mark had a 3.38 ERA.
On this day, he went 7 innings, allowed 4 hits, 1 earned (a Jeff Baker home run in the seventh), 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts, throwing 92 pitches. He should have had a win.
I don’t remember much about Baker, but had a pretty good season with the bat, hitting .279/.360/.545 with 11 home runs. He played for 11 seasons, playing in over 100 games just once, 104 games with the Rockies in 2008.
Buehrle should have picked up a win here, but after Steve Delabar pitched a scoreless eight, Casey Jansen gave up 2 runs in the ninth. It was Casey’s first blown save of the single. Casey finished the season with 34 saves and 2 blown, so we can give him a pass.
After that, our bullpen pitched 9 scoreless innings. From the recap:
Dustin McGowan brought into a tie game in extras for his first appearance since his 5 games in 2011. Dustin walked the first batter, then got a double play ball, but Mark DeRosa booted it. A hit batter later and the bases were loaded. Dustin got a strikeout, then
Juan Perez came in and gave up a medium fly to right. Fortunately, Jose Bautista has a great arm and made a perfect throw to cut down the runner at the plate. A great play. Juan pitched 2.0 innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 k.
Neil Wagner got 2 outs to end the 12th.
Brett Cecil had a clean 12th, getting 1 k.
Brad Lincoln pitched 4 very good innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 hit batters, 3 k. I figured Gibby was leaving him in till the game ended or his arm fell off. But, instead..
Aaron Loup gave up a hit, hit a batter but got out of the 18th without a run scoring.
Brad Lincoln was terrific. For his 4 excellent innings of work he was sent to the minors the next day. It doesn’t seem fair.
On the Rangers’ side:
- Yu Darvish threw 7 innings, giving up the 2 earned and 1 unearned run. We had 6 hits against him.
- Neal Cotts went 1.1 allowing just a hit.
- Jason Frasor, former Blue Jays reliever, went 1 inning, allowing a hit.
- Robbie Ross: 1.2, with a hit and a walk.
- Ross Wolf threw 6.2 innings. He was getting himself in and out of trouble almost every inning. And then came the 18th:
After Maicer Izturis lined out, Emilio Bonifacio singled (he had 57 hits in his 97 games with the Jays, 47 singles). After Josh Thole popped out (Thole, famously, hit .175/.256/.242 that year, but he pinch-hit for Mark DeRosa in the 16th. Unless there was an injury, it was a dumb move, even though Josh was a lefty batter), Wolf threw wide of first on a pickoff attempt, Bonifacio went to third. Rajai Davis singled him home for the walk-of win.
From the recap:
Jays of the Day: Lincoln (.570 WPA), Perez (.499), Buehrle (.297), Cecil (.143), Loup (.143 and the win), Wagner (.142), Davis (.223) and Rasmus (.141).
Suckage: Janssen (-.280), Izturis (-.367), DeRosa (-.183, plus the error), Thole (-.132)
Three guys had the number but I’m not giving them Suckage Awards: McGowan (-.213) but that was because of DeRosa’s error. Bautista (-.155) but the throw from right to save the game saves him. Bonifacio (-.147) but he drew the wild pickoff throw and scored the winning run.
|Elvis Andrus SS||6||0||1||1||2||0||9||.254||.307||.306||.614||42||25||0.012||SB,SF,GDP|
|Jurickson Profar 2B||7||0||1||0||1||2||9||.276||.328||.397||.725||33||23||-0.163||SH|
|Lance Berkman 1B||5||0||0||0||3||1||8||.266||.373||.391||.764||27||12||-0.159|
|Adrian Beltre DH||8||0||1||0||0||2||8||.304||.345||.529||.874||27||19||-0.233|
|Nelson Cruz RF||6||0||0||0||1||1||8||.257||.318||.491||.809||33||15||-0.137||HBP,IW|
|Jeff Baker LF-3B||7||1||2||1||0||1||8||.329||.400||.697||1.097||27||18||-0.104||HR,2B,HBP|
|Geovany Soto C||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.197||.305||.324||.629||13||7||-0.079|
|Leonys Martin PH-CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||5||.262||.319||.397||.716||19||12||-0.403||HBP|
|Craig Gentry CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.223||.316||.330||.646||9||8||-0.011||2B|
|David Murphy PH-LF||4||1||1||0||1||1||5||.217||.266||.379||.645||23||15||-0.066||2B,CS|
|Leury Garcia 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.191||.208||.234||.442||7||4||-0.069|
|A.J. Pierzynski PH-C||4||0||2||1||0||0||5||.301||.333||.438||.772||8||6||0.120||HBP|
|Melky Cabrera LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.283||.324||.381||.706||11||8||-0.082|
|Rajai Davis LF||5||0||2||1||0||0||5||.287||.326||.391||.717||14||10||0.234||SB|
|Jose Bautista RF||8||0||2||0||0||1||8||.258||.360||.488||.848||32||20||-0.146|
|Edwin Encarnacion 1B-3B||6||1||1||0||2||1||8||.263||.342||.513||.854||30||18||-0.073|
|Adam Lind DH||7||1||4||0||1||2||8||.342||.423||.523||.946||28||19||-0.079||GDP|
|J.P. Arencibia C||8||0||2||0||0||3||8||.220||.240||.436||.676||29||22||0.062|
|Colby Rasmus CF||8||1||3||2||0||2||8||.254||.313||.444||.756||30||21||0.157||3B|
|Maicer Izturis 3B-SS||7||0||0||0||1||0||8||.202||.240||.288||.528||25||13||-0.360|
|Emilio Bonifacio 2B||8||1||2||0||0||2||8||.214||.240||.327||.567||31||24||-0.145||SB|
|Munenori Kawasaki SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.214||.331||.274||.604||8||7||-0.057|
|Mark DeRosa PH-3B||2||0||0||0||1||1||3||.250||.333||.475||.808||17||10||-0.175|
|Josh Thole PH-1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000||.000||.000||.000||5||4||-0.127|
|Ross Wolf, L (1-1)||6.2||7||1||0||1||1||0||1.72||27||82||59||0.453|
|Steve Delabar, H (2)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||1.97||5||22||12||0.074|
|Casey Janssen, BS (1)||1||2||2||2||1||0||0||2.75||6||24||15||-0.291|
|Aaron Loup, W (3-3)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.14||4||11||7||0.136|