The Game In A (Non Run-On) Sentence
As my grade four teacher, Mr. Taylor, used to say, a tie is as good as a rest… or something like that, and this 6-6 draw between the Jays and Orioles was an excellent case in point: I sure could have caught a few Zs somewhere in the middle of that one (shit, maybe I did!).
Fun stuff early in the first inning, with the Jays not even running out their first choice top of the order. Anthony Gose walked, stole second easily, then moved to third as Emilio Bonifacio singled on an outstanding bunt up the third base line, and scored after Melky Cabrera put the ball in play to short. Granted, Jose Bautista and Mark DeRosa followed all that up with strikeouts, but Gose and Bonifacio gave us a taste of the possibilities that speed like this club hasn’t seen in years can bring.
Also good– or at the very least better than his line might indicat– I think was J.A. Happ. Yes, the first batter hit him hard and he was bailed out by a double play in each of the three innings he pitched, but the home run he gave up was a wind-aided wall-scraper, and some of the contact didn’t seem all that terribly hard. I don’t know, it was OK… y’know, from what I heard. Which was most of it, I think.
Ryan Langerhans, who I guess can’t be faulted for trying to do well and make a good impression in camp, hit a damn game-tying home run off the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the game to extra… uh… inning. I mean, come on, man! Thankfully ol’ Gibbers was in no mood for a long one, and the clubs went one more inning before declaring it a draw.
Holy shit, Esmil Rogers. We were given the Colorado treatment from the one-time Rockies pitcher who seemed to have finally put it together after moving to Cleveland in the middle of last season, as he pitched the sixth inning, striking out two, walking none, but giving up four earned runs on four hits, three of which were home runs. Holy ugh.
The Additional Thoughts
Team Canada’s exhibition against Milwaukee– probably scheduled by Brett Lawrie himself, amiright?– got underway while this game was still going, but the WBC exhibition I was most interested happened down the road from Dunedin at the Phillies’ complex in Clearwater. Jose Reyes it lead-off and Edwin Encarnacion for the Dominican Republic, and… uh… yeah, they did pretty OK.
Reyes singled and stole second in the first inning, then hit a two-run bomb off Cole Hamels in the third, for his final at-bat of the day. Meanwhile, Encarnacion singled in the second, third, and fifth. Not half bad!