It would be ridiculous of me to suggest that after every Jays game I’m actually going to rush to a computer to furiously mash out some brief thoughts on what we all just watched, but… I’ll do it sometimes, and it sure sounds like not a terrible goal to aim for. Here’s your Post-Game Post…
The Jays beat the Red Sox tonight, in what would have made for a far more terrific result had it come the night before. Kyle Drabek looked as solid as you could possibly hope for, and I think John Farrell smartly removed him after just 91 pitches, with runners on the corners, one out, Kevin Youkilis up, and the Jays lead having just been cut to 3-1. Jason Frasor got a GIDP, preserving Drabek’s win, and his confidence (see what I just did there?).
The bullpen did the rest rather efficiently, save for Casey Janssen dragging the game across the finish line, allowing the potential tying run to reach the on-deck circle in the ninth.
Fortunately, in the meantime the Jays had put four additional runs on the board, JP Arencibia knocking in two on a single, and Colby Rasmus going sac fly in the sixth, and Edwin Encarnacion crushing a Michael Bowden meatball an inning later.
The game saw a streaker, and more terrifyingly awesome evidence of Brett Lawrie’s jacked-upness, as he beat out an infield single on an all out sprint that made him look like he ate Lee Marvin for breakfast, and tangled with the wall, and the camera bay, stampeding in vain towards a foul ball (that was possibly interfered with by a fan who should know goddamn well better if he’s going to sit in those seats).
Lawrie, too, needs to learn something: when to recognize that going all-out is dangerous. Playing recklessly with the club’s season isn’t to be lauded. People try to sell themselves on the meat head virtues of not being able to “turn it off,” but, I’m sorry, some controlled aggression would serve him and the team a whole lot better, and it’s not like he’s incapable of learning that it’s OK to pull back occasionally.
Jose Bautista still looked a little off, which may have had something to do with home plate umpire Tim McLelland’s insufferably slow strike calls. In the bottom of the third Bautista had enough time to toss his bat and get motoring towards first on what he thought was a certain walk, only to have McLelland languidly call him back. He then struck out– the first of three on the day. It’s still, of course, a giant steaming fuckload early to start worrying about anything with Jose.
Also: Eric Thames defence is hard to watch. He beat out a dribbler of a tapping dribble for a single, but he’s gonna want to start hitting, if only to make people forget about what a butcher he is on the other side of the ball. Travis Snider is 5-for-13 with a walk, a home run, a double, and three strikeouts after three games played in Las Vegas, for what it’s worth.