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Today in Jays history: Jays win in 18 innings

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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.

Texas Rangers Table
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS Pit Str WPA Details
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
Team Totals 60 3 10 3 8 10 74 .167 .301 .267 .568 268 164 -1.292
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Toronto Blue Jays Table
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS Pit Str WPA Details
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
Team Totals 68 4 16 3 5 13 73 .235 .288 .265 .552 260 176 -0.791
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Texas Rangers Table
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str WPA
Yu Darvish 7 6 3 2 3 7 0 2.75 30 111 73 -0.083
Neal Cotts 1.1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.90 5 16 13 0.071
Jason Frasor 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.31 4 19 11 0.136
Robbie Ross 1.2 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.59 7 32 20 0.215
Ross Wolf, L (1-1) 6.2 7 1 0 1 1 0 1.72 27 82 59 0.453
Team Totals 17.2 16 4 2 5 13 0 1.02 73 260 176 0.792
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Toronto Blue Jays Table
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str WPA
Mark Buehrle 7 4 1 1 2 3 1 5.06 27 92 57 0.284
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
Dustin McGowan 0.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00 4 17 9 -0.216
Juan Perez 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00 6 29 19 0.488
Neil Wagner 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 3 17 8 0.137
Brett Cecil 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.67 3 8 7 0.136
Brad Lincoln 4 1 0 0 1 3 0 4.15 16 48 30 0.545
Aaron Loup, W (3-3) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.14 4 11 7 0.136
Team Totals 18 10 3 3 8 10 1 1.50 74 268 164 1.293
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Generated 6/8/2020.