Blue Jays Beat Rangers

Despite a rocky ninth inning, the Toronto Blue Jays opened their ten game road trip with a 6-4 win over the 2010 American League champion Texas Rangers.

Anatomy Of The Big Inning: Top of the Fifth

  1. Travis Snider led things off with a walk.
  2. John McDonald swung at the first pitch he saw and flew out.
  3. Chris Woodward flew out on the second pitch he saw.
  4. After failing to properly connect on a hit and run play, Yunel Escobar scraped together a two strike single that advanced Snider to second.
  5. Corey Patterson pulled an 0-2 pitch above the strike zone over the right field fence for a three run home run.
  6. Jose Bautista pulled the first pitch he sees over the fence in left for a solo home run.
  7. Adam Lind walked.
  8. Juan Rivera went the opposite way on a two run home run.
  9. Jose Molina ended the inning with a ground out to short.

Biggest Play Of The Game

Corey Patterson increased the Blue Jays win probability by .320 with his three run home run in the fifth.

Biggest Opportunity Missed

With two on and none out in the first inning, Michael Young grounded into a double play that essentially ended the Rangers chances of drawing first blood.

The Aggravating Thing That John Farrell Did Tonight

With the count 2-0 to Juan Rivera in the fourth inning with one out, and runners on first and second, Corey Patterson attempted to steal third base. He was thrown out quite easily.

The Statistic You Won’t Believe

After tonight’s relief appearance, Jason Frasor has thrown a higher percentage of pitches for strikes than he did last season.

Shutdowns/Meltdowns

Jason Frasor’s inning and a third was good enough to get credited with a shutdown. Despite getting the save, Jon Rauch’s ninth inning was not.

Stray Observations Of The Game

I’m going to write more about this tomorrow, but Kyle Drabek was what is commonly referred to as inefficient with his pitches tonight, but I’m not entirely sure that’s a bad thing.

Both Adam Lind and Juan Rivera are having better at bats. Both made solid contact on a couple of outs.

When John McDonald is in the lineup, it’s an absolute waste to play him at third base. The amount of ground he covers at second is astounding. Also, the triple he hit in the third inning would’ve likely been a home run at the Rogers Centre.

Travis Snider almost killed a kid with his foul ball in the top of the eighth inning.

I know I’m hardly in a place to criticize another man’s facial hair, but what exactly is Michael Young going for?

It still doesn’t seem right to see Chris Woodward in a Blue Jays uniform.

Seriously, The Natural music after every home run? Is Pomp And Circumstance too ostentatious?

Comments (13)

  1. “Is Pomp And Circumstance too ostentatious?”

    If only because there’s a significant number of us who will always, always, ALWAYS react to that by attempting to drape the throat of the person next to us over the nearest railing and crush their windpipe with a bell.

  2. Oh yeeeeaaaaaaah!

  3. ESPN Baseball Tonight went into in-depth analysis and slow-motion replay of Patterson’s HR. They were absolutely amazed by it. I’m still not sure how he managed to pull it (or why he even tried).

  4. It reminded me of something Vladdy might do.

  5. And when I say Vladdy, I mean Vladdy like five years ago.

  6. Thanks for sharing the information.

  7. @Fullmer: Steroids

  8. Ugh, “the Natural music” is a blatant rip-off of Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.

  9. Well done on this round up of the last nights game. A different and IMO more interesting recap than the usual stuff you can read in Toronto papers.

  10. I much prefer Parkes’ feature, “The Aggravating Thing That John Farrell Did Tonight”, over Richard Griffin’s old recurring feature, “The Aggravating Things That J.P. Ricciardi Did To Me This Week”.

  11. is it too early to buy a Rivera shirt?

  12. you’re right… you are definitely not in a position to mock another mans facial hair

  13. “Kyle Drabek was what is commonly referred to as inefficient with his pitches tonight” – he’s a bit of a nibbler. With his heat getting into the mid-90′s, he shouldn’t have to do that. Just keep the ball low. Not to be all old-school, but more trust in his ability to win at the MLB level should see him improve that trait, as his command is good enough.

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