Aside from both teams sending their aces to the mound to face each other this afternoon, there was another reason why it didn’t take much more than a single hour before the sixth inning brought us the first run of the game. It was getaway day today for both the Blue Jays and Athletics, and as such, home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth did his darnedest to ensure that this afternoon’s game was completed as soon as possible.
That meant a lot of first pitch strike calls and batters falling behind in counts, which also means a fast, low-scoring game. While Blue Jays fans had little to complain about after seven innings, up 1-0 thanks to a Jayson Nix two out single that brought home J.P. Arencibia, things took a turn for the worse after Ricky Romero gave up a lead off double to Andy LaRoche in the eighth inning. The next batter, Cliff Pennington bunted the ball right at Romero, but instead of looking off LaRoche or trying to throw out the guy already on base, the Jays starter threw Pennington out and allowed LaRoche to reach third.
Jason Frasor came into the game and even though he managed to strike out Coco Crisp, Arencibia had trouble holding onto or keeping Frasor’s strike three pitch in front of him. Crisp took first base and LaRoche scored. As Frasor took his time dealing with Daric Barton and Conor Jackson, Crisp swiped two bags and scored the winning run on Jackson’s single to left field.
Thoughts on Frasor’s performance:
The Jays never recovered and the Athletics won the game 2-1.
It was a tough loss, but let’s not get too bent out of shape. Ricky Romero tossed a great game. Travis Snider looked great in the field. And John McDonald was his usual self filling in for Yunel Escobar. If that’s not good enough for you, take solace in the fact that the Jays have won four of their first six games, while both the Red Sox and Rays are yet to celebrate a single victory.
Following the game, Casey Janssen was demoted to Triple A Las Vegas in order to make room for Octavio Dotel who was removed from the Disabled List.
We also learned that Yunel Escobar suffered a minor concussion from yesterday’s collision with Andy LaRoche. However, further tests came back negative and so the Blue Jays will not use the newly created 7-Day Disabled List for head injuries as they expect him to be able to play before then. If he’s not, they could always place him on the DL retroactively.
Here’s an edited version of our post game show: