You’ve heard of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. But to describe last night’s game between the Jays and Rangers, I think we need to expand that a bit.
Last night’s game had it all: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, the Frustrating, the Thrilling, the Relieving, the Shocking, the Depressing, and the Phenomenal.
Let’s take a look:
Drew Hutchison – except for the second inning. The rookie got off to a blazing start, striking out the first four Rangers batters he faced. And they were tough hitters too: Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus, Michael Young, and Nelson Cruz. Hutchison pitched six innings giving up 7 hits and 2 walks – though 5 of the hits and 1 of the walks came in that second inning. He showed great composure by shaking off the rough inning and keeping the Jays in the game through six.
The afforementioned second inning. Yikes. After striking out Cruz to open the inning, Hutchison allowed a single, walk, single, run scoring single, run scoring fielder’s choice, stolen base, two run double, and a run scoring single before getting Michael Young to line out. When the dust finally settled, Toronto was down 5 – 0. Ouch.
The defense, by both teams. Four errors were committed in the game, two by each team – and they were ugly. Andrus and Napoli flat out dropped ground balls allowing Blue Jays to reach base. The Jays committed errors on consecutive plays in the 4th leading to the sixth Rangers run. Plus there were a few pitches that reached the backstop, and a couple of bobbles in the outfield. Ugly, ugly fielding.
I guess turn about is fair play. After leading the league all year in turning defensive double plays, the Jays shot themselves in the foot by hitting into FOUR DP’s last night. Kelly Johnson grounded into a DP in the bottom of the first. Then, with the Jays down 5-0 in the 2nd and one on with one out, it was Thames ending the inning with a DP. Escobar was the culprit in the 5th with the Jays down 6-4. In the 6th, with the score the same and the Jays threatening with two on and nobody out, rally killer Adam Lind (who went 0-4 and is now down to a .203 average) hit into the tailor made DP.
What a comeback. Down 5-0 to the best team in baseball with one of the best young power pitchers in the game on the hill was a tough spot to be. But the Jays kept grinding, and not only shook off the early deficit, but also got past the poor defense and all the double plays to finally pull ahead in the 7th. The best comeback of the season thus far.
Jose Bautista finally, FINALLY, went deep. After a first inning strikeout in which he looked awful, Bautista followed up Johnson’s bomb in the third with a mammoth shot to the 3rd deck in LF. It was his first HR since April 23, and he follwed that up with a walk and a deep shot to RF later in the game, showing signs that maybe, just maybe, he’s closer to regaining his silver slugger winning form.
Seriously guys – Craig Gentry? He put the nail in Toronto’s coffin on Monday with a solo shot in the 7th to make it 4-1. Then last night he drove in a run with a fielders choice in the 2nd, stole second base, and then scored on an Ian Kinsler double. Gentry. The last time any of us saw Gentry, he was being cut by the Cleveland Indians in the movie Major League in 1989:
How else to describe Francisco Cordero? After Toronto had worked so hard to erase 5-0 and 6-4 deficits, Cordero comes into the game in the 9th and blows the save. After retiring the first two hitters, three consecutive singles ensure that Cordero allows a run in four of his last five appearances. He has now blown two saves and has a season ERA and WHIP 5.73 and 1.91 respectively. You could actually both hear and feel the air go out of the stadium as Cordero colletively kicked all of us fans in the nuts. Depressing.
Brett Lawrie. Walk off blast. Jays win. All is right with the world.