|Reyes – SS||0.87||-0.128|
|Bautista – RF||0.66||-0.007|
|Encarnacion – DH||1.13||-0.161|
|Lind – 1B||1.24||-0.013||Pitcher||pLI||WPA|
|Rasmus – CF||1.53||0.070||Rogers – SP||0.97||0.163|
|Izturis – 3B||1.98||-0.056||McGowan – RP||1.96||0.106|
|Thole – C||2.12||-0.061||Cecil – RP||3.70||-0.335|
|Arencibia – PH / C||2.29||0.049||Wagner – RP||5.37||0.133|
|Bonifacio – LF||3.26||0.340||Janssen – RP||1.40||-0.200|
|Kawasaki – 2B||2.80||0.362||Delabar – RP||8.24||0.239|
Bests / Worsts of the game after the jump!
GBOOT: Munenori Kawasaki, 36.2%
Griffin: Brett Cecil, -33.5%
Impact At-Bat: Kawasaki 3-run Single, Top 9, 43.1%
Impact Pitch: Michael Brantley RBI Single, Bot 8, -28.9%
Highest Leverage AB: Kawasaki 3-run Single, Top 9, 8.24
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Michael Brantley Flyout, Bot 9, 8.24
Lineup Contribution: 39.4%
Pitching Contribution: 10.6%
Average Leverage Index: 1.75
- Esmil Rogers’ line: 6.0ip, 4h, 7k, 3bb, 1er, 100 pitches, 9 swinging strikes, 64 game score, 2.23FIP.
- Justin Masterson’s line: 6.2ip, 4h, 6k, 5bb, 120 pitches, 8 swinging strikes, 59 game score, 3.52FIP.
- Esmil Rogers struck out a buttload of Clevelands in his 6 innings of work, only taking damage in the 2nd inning, where he did himself in with 2 walks to start the inning. He got a double play ball after allowing 2 hits in the 1st, and stranded runners in the 3rd and 5th to make for a completely acceptable 100 pitch start.
- Dustin McGowan worked a 10 pitch 7th inning, collecting a strikeout, walk, and double play ball. American League All Star Brett Cecil came on the work the 8th and gave up a lead-off single to Michael Bourn followed by a 2-out walk of Nick Swisher. Michael Brantley struck with a single up the middle to tie the game at 2.
- Casey Janssen came on in a save situation and struggled to get the third out. After a pair of groundouts Bourn got on base again followed by an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI single and Jason Kipnis walk. Disaster struck when Kawasaki’s throwing error allowed a run to score and the game-winning run to move into scoring position.
- American League All Star Candidate Steve Delabar was called on to get the last out and he threw one pitch to Brantley to achieve the game-ending flyout.
- The Blue Jays offense sputtered early again, as Masterson didn’t allow a hit until the 5th and didn’t get into any real trouble until the 7th. The Jays loaded the bases on a Lind double and pair of walks, loading the bases for Emilio Bonifacio. Dismissive wanks and snark abounded on twitter, but Boni managed to single to score a pair of runs thanks to some bobbly Drew Stubbs D.
- In the 9th, with the game tied at 2, the Jays once again loaded the bases thanks to a pair of walks and an Arencibia single, Munenori Kawasaki stepped to the plate and once again the Jays benefited from an unlikely hitter and some bobby Cleveland D. 3 runs scored on Kawasaki’s line drive single and the error by Bourn.
- Yes, you read all of that correctly. After a game and a half of offensive futility the Jays won this game with Emilio Bonifacio and Munenori Kawasaki delivering in big situations. All 5 runs were scored with 2 outs and driven in by hitters with SLG% under .310.
- The Jays managed 6 hits and drew 7 walks, with the Kawasaki and Bonifacio hits standing out in a game where the team went 2-for-8 with RISP.
- Colby Rasmus and Adam Lind chipped in the lone extra base hits, the 17th double of the season for both guys.
- 0-fer for Encarnacion, while Bautista, Izturis, and Thole all went hitless but managed to draw walks. Thole raised his OBP to .200.
- Munenori Kawasaki’s game-winning hit earned him another post-game interview. The phrase book did not make an appearance.
- The (44-46) Jays have their chance to take the series this afternoon at The Prog at 12:05pm EST. The Jays follow this series with a 3-game set in Baltimore to lead into the All-Star break.
- The projected series closing matchup is R.A. Dickey (4.89FIP, 0.7fWAR) vs Danny Salazar (N/A, -.-fWAR)