Travis Snider devoured a Dallas Braden offering like it was multiple meats mixed together, hitting a three run home run to put the Blue Jays ahead 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was all the offense that team needed en route to a 5-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Unfortunately, celebration for the victory was muted after Yunel Escobar reenacted Justin Morneau’s face plant into John McDonald’s knee, but this time it was Escobar sliding head first into third baseman’s Andy LaRoche’s legs in the bottom of the fifth.
The Jays shortstop tried to shake it off by doing something that resembled the hokey pokey, but surprisingly, patterned dances have little effect on headaches and light headedness. After coming out to play the top half of the sixth, common sense kept him from taking the field in the seventh and risking further injury. We’ll wait for word on the extent of the injury, but initial radio reports indicated that Escobar felt dizzy after the collision, often a sign of concussion. He’ll have some tests tonight and be reexamined in the morning.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Blue Jays though. Starter Jesse Litsch pitched six plus innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven. He was relieved by Marc Rzepczynski in the seventh inning, and the left hander proceeded to shut down the A’s over two innings, striking out three without giving up a hit or a walk. Jon Rauch came out of the bullpen in the ninth to finish off the last two batters, after Rzepczynski took care of the left handed Hideki Matsui to start the inning. It was Rauch’s first save as a member of the Blue Jays.
Quote Of The Night
From Dallas Braden on the pitch that Travis Snider clobbered:
I left one pitch north of the border and it ended up further north of the border. That’s how that goes.