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Today in Jays history: Happ hit by line drive

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Eight Years Ago Today

A line drive hit J.A. Happ off the bat of Demond Jennings of the Rays. It was very scary looking. I’ll post the video, but I wouldn’t blame you for not watching.

From the recap:

In the bottom of the inning, Happ allowed a Sean Rodriguez double and a James Loney single. Rodriguez was put out at the plate on a squeeze bunt, Edwin Encarnacion threw home late but the umpire felt that Rodriguez missed the plate. it looked like he was wrong to me, and to Joe Madden, who argued and was ejected. Then a Happ wild pitch scored one. Yunel Escobar followed with a single.

Then Desmond Jennings hit the line drive off Happ. The Rays scored 2 while Happ was on the ground. Not very sportsmanlike. You’d think they could stop the play so that Happ could have been seen to quicker.

I still think time should have been called right away. I’m all for erring on the side of making sure the players are ok.

The video:

He was hit above the left ear. There was some blood. He remained awake, was taken to hospital, and was admitted in “fair condition”, but the hospital upgraded him to “good” the next morning.

Happ went on the DL with a contusion, but he also hurt his knee while following, which kept him out of the lineup for a long time. He didn’t pitch again until August 7.

The Blue Jays ended up winning the game. We were down 3-1 when Happ left the game (in the second inning), and reliever Brad Lincoln allowed the inherited run to score, making it 4-1, but that was the last run that would score.

We scored 2 in the seventh, 1 in the eighth, and 2 in the ninth to win 6-4. From the recap:

In the 8th, back-to-back doubles by Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera tied the game.

Then, in the 9, Maicer Izturis hit a solo home to give us the lead. Brett Lawrie singled, and Melky Cabrera doubled him home to get an insurance run. Great baserunning Brett. Edwin Encarnacion struck out, to end the inning and he wasn’t happy about it, managing to get himself ejected.

Our bullpen did a great job, throwing 7.2 innings scoreless innings. Well, Brad Lincoln did give up a single that allowed a run, but that was charged to Happ. Lincoln pitched 2.1, 3 hits, 1 walk, 1 k. Aaron Loup 2.1, 1 hit, 1 k. Steve Delabar 2.0, 1 hit, 1 walk. And Casey Janssen 1.0, 1 k, getting his 9th save. Casey has been great.

Jays of the Day: Izturis (.368 WPA), Cabrera (.350), Delabar (.128) and Bautista (.117).

Suckage: JP had a rough night at the plate, 0 for 4, 3 k for a -.162, but I’d imagine he must have been shaken by what happened to Happ. JA also had the suckage number but I’m not giving him one after that.

Toronto Blue Jays Table
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS WPA
Brett Lawrie 3B 5 1 1 0 0 1 5 .187 .262 .347 .609 -0.074
Melky Cabrera LF 5 1 3 1 0 0 5 .270 .308 .343 .651 0.344
Jose Bautista RF 4 0 2 1 1 0 5 .240 .359 .521 .880 0.098
Edwin Encarnacion 1B 4 0 1 0 1 3 5 .223 .299 .446 .745 0.067
Casey Janssen P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J.P. Arencibia C 4 0 0 0 0 3 4 .246 .258 .525 .783 -0.165
Adam Lind DH-1B 4 2 2 1 0 0 4 .246 .397 .377 .774 -0.089
Colby Rasmus CF 4 1 1 2 0 2 4 .248 .313 .467 .780 0.050
Maicer Izturis 2B-SS 4 1 2 1 0 1 4 .221 .250 .337 .587 0.350
Munenori Kawasaki SS 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 .263 .357 .316 .673 -0.019
Mark DeRosa PH-2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .220 .306 .537 .843 -0.030
Emilio Bonifacio PH-2B 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .160 .200 .280 .480 -0.011
Team Totals 38 6 13 6 2 12 40 .342 .375
Tampa Bay Rays Table
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS WPA
Desmond Jennings CF 5 1 2 2 0 1 5 .244 .312 .423 .734 0.112
Ryan Roberts 2B 4 0 2 1 0 0 4 .250 .294 .388 .682 0.025
Kelly Johnson PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .261 .340 .432 .772 -0.014
Ben Zobrist RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .261 .331 .409 .739 -0.059
Evan Longoria 3B 3 0 1 0 1 0 4 .306 .375 .545 .920 0.010
Luke Scott DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .353 .421 .706 1.127 -0.088
Sean Rodriguez LF 3 0 2 0 0 0 3 .261 .333 .413 .746 0.066
Matthew Joyce PH-LF 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .212 .295 .435 .730 0.064
James Loney 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 4 .385 .429 .527 .956 -0.020
Jose Molina C 3 1 0 0 1 0 4 .175 .235 .254 .489 -0.086
Yunel Escobar SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 4 .176 .235 .275 .509 0.010
Team Totals 35 4 10 3 3 3 38 .286 .342 .429 .771 0.020
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Generated 5/7/2020.
Toronto Blue Jays Table
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
J.A. Happ 1.1 5 4 4 1 0 0 4.91 10 43 25
Brad Lincoln 2.1 3 0 0 1 1 0 3.38 10 37 21
Aaron Loup 2.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.95 8 28 18
Steve Delabar, W (3-1) 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.80 7 20 12
Casey Janssen, S (9) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.75 3 10 7
Team Totals 9 10 4 4 3 3 0 4.00 38 138 83
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Generated 5/7/2020.
Tampa Bay Rays Table
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
Roberto Hernandez 6 5 1 1 1 7 1 4.66 23 103 69
Jake McGee, H (5) 1 2 2 2 0 1 1 11.25 5 17 13
Kyle Farnsworth, BS (1) 0.1 3 1 1 0 1 0 7.36 4 14 11
Cesar Ramos 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.63 1 6 3
Joel Peralta, L (0-2) 0.2 3 2 2 1 2 1 2.51 6 19 13
Brandon Gomes 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.40 1 5 4
Team Totals 9 13 6 6 2 12 3 6.00 40 164 113
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Generated 5/7/2020.