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.

Comments (10)

  1. I absolutely loved Farrel’s use of Rzep to take out Matsui in the 9th. Way too easy for managers to just put in their “closer”, even when it is an injury-replacement closer. Not quite a closer-by-committee, but a smart play to maintain the platoon advantage with a pitcher who is on his game.

  2. Definitely a good idea, but I’m not sure if the same thing happens if it’s Francisco instead of Rauch.

  3. I’m almost sure it doesn’t happen with Francisco because he get’s lefties out pretty well, maybe even better than Janssen.

  4. Let’s hope Yunel only has a little whiplash — which can leave you dizzy and a little wonky in the gut. The helmet took most of the actual blow and he looked sore, not concussed.

    The only thing more mindblowing than seeiing Juan Rivera’s idea of “getting after” a gapper is the fact that Davis almost CAUGHT it. Guy’s got wheels.

  5. Scary – dont want to lose Yunel, and it could be a long time (worse case) just when he was looking ready to really get after it this year. He looked all sweaty too for bit after, seems like its gotta be the c-word doesn’t it?

  6. I sure hope the sweatiness and possible hot flashes were more shock than concussion symptoms. It definitely looked more like a whiplash hit. Yunel was 3 for 3 on the night and he does indeed look ready to really start tearing it up this season. It’ll suck big time if this puts him out for more than a 7 day DL stint.

  7. Man, I hope Yunel is okay.

    I think my favourite part of the night is that Lind had 2 doubles and Snider had a 3-run jack against the lefty starter. At least one of them, probably both, would have been sitting on the bench if this game was played a year ago.

  8. Was I the only one watching the game at home thinking “How come neither analyst is saying he should be taken out of the game right away”? That looked bad, and there’s no way he should have been in the field. Fortunately, everyone’s favourite fifth starter did everybdoy a favour and just struck out the side.

  9. I was shocked at how bad Rivera looked going into the gap on that one Davis dropped. I have never seen a professional athlete with that lack of mobility. That was beer league softball territory. Not sure how it wasn’t addressed earlier in spring but that’s the reason Bautista was put in RF.

  10. As a joke post this morning I did a “if the playoffs started today” thing, and by the end of it I had what could very possibly be the World Series…

    http://tapemeasureshot.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/if-the-playoffs-started-today/

    Kind of blew my mind (but maybe thats just because I’m a dork)

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