With a 4-0 lead over the Cleveland Indians in the bottom of the ninth, the Toronto Blue Jays brought in reliever Frank Francisco to close out the game. In eleven pitches the right hander managed to give up a single to Travis Buck, a double to Matt LaPorta and a walk to Jack Hannahan before being pulled from the game with the bases loaded.

Francisco threw ten four seamers and only a single splitter. Not a single one of them ended up in the lower half of the zone.

Only four relievers in all of baseball have contributed more to the opposing team’s probability of winning increasing this season. His seven meltdowns (decreased his team’s probability of winning by more than 6% in an outing) is now tied with Jon Rauch for the team lead.

After a single by Asdrubal Cabrera knocked in a run, Travis Hafner hit a walk off grand slam to win the game for the Indians 5-4.

On a related note, there is no longer a single piece of unshattered glass in my house.

Comments (16)

  1. Ouch. That’s about all there is to say. Ouch.

  2. Ouch. That’s about all there is to say. Ouch.

  3. It’s probably safe to say Francisco won’t be closing out games anymore. Perez has done great against lefties this season, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Janssen take his spot as soon as this weekend now.

    Still don’t understand why Farrell felt the need to pull Frasor after five pitches.

  4. I certainly wouldn’t pay Scott Downs what he’s making right now, but I do miss him. He was just so freaking consistent. Like 20 inning stretches without and run allowed. That kind of consistent.

    I suppose FF is consistent too. I enjoy that less.

  5. This is one of those losses that can actually be directly blamed on the manager.

  6. What a waste, still don’t get what the Jays see in Francisco. Surely they could’ve gotten a better haul for Mike Napoli than this bum..

  7. What a bad dream I had last night about the Jays blowing a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth …. Wait … what?

  8. What they see is a possible sandwich pick. What I see is a reliever nobody would touch with a ten foot pole, so maybe he takes arbitration.

    That said, if there were a game recap:

    “The agravating thing John Farrell did”

    Bring in Frank Francisco.

    And on a serious note, well that was terrible, right? But, hey, his K/9 doesn’t change because he didn’t get a single out!

  9. @Dustin
    w.r.t. your latest podcast, would this be considered an ‘unclean’ inning?

    • This would be beyond an unclean inning. We’re talking filth, and not the good kind.

      You can definitely be frustrated with bringing in Francisco, given his track record this season and how well Frasor pitched the inning before.

  10. I actually woke up in the middle of the night last night and thought (hoped) maybe it was a bad dream….

  11. His BABIP and HR/FB rates are still unsustainably high. Walks are a concern though.

  12. Anybody remember the time when Milton Bradley destroyed a BJ Ryan pitch with two outs for a walkoff HR in late July 2006, giving him his first loss of the season and sending the Jays into a tailspin that they couldn’t get out of? http://tinyurl.com/3k4rn5v

    A 91% WE shift in one swing, apparently: http://www.fangraphs.com/wins.aspx?date=2006-07-30&team=Athletics&dh=0&season=2006

    That was particularly crushing because the Jays were still in a playoff race, it was a Roy Halladay start, and it was just so unexpected after watching Ryan dominate for four months.

    Yesterday was bad (who can ever be prepared for a walkoff grand slam?), but I think the Milton game was the peak of cruhing, disappointing moments in recent years.

  13. Interested to see if Stoeten will still be imploring troglodite Jays fans to ‘lay off Frank Francisco”…

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