Blue Jays Offense Back to Normal, Lose 2-1 in Extras to Mariners

TORONTO BLUE JAYS LOSE IN EXTRAS AS OFFENSE DISAPPEARS AND FIELDING ERRORS RE-EMERGE

After laying dormant in the presence of King Felix Hernandez for seven innings, Jose Bautista tied the game in the ninth with a home run of Edwin Diaz to send the game to extras. The Blue Jays ran out of bullpen arms in the 12th and turned to R.A. Dickey to keep the game going, but successive errors by Josh Donaldson put the winning run on third base with no outs. The Robinson Cano sacrifice fly was a mere formality.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 1  VS  SEATTLE MARINERS: 2

WP: VINCENT (4-4) LP: DICKEY (10-15)

LINEUP:

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

The pitching for the Blue Jays was on point yet again. Aaron Sanchez through his customary six innings, with little fuss, allowing the one run to cross the plate. The bullpen parade did very well. Even Aaron Loup managed to prevent a runner from scoring, despite walking two batters.

Offensively? Nothing much until this happened.

Seriously. He knew it was out. He was jacked.

 

Which finally got the crowd at Safeco Field on their feet.

Michael Saunders‘ double in the 10th inning was a nice reward for the former Mariner, and being pulled for a pinch runner allowed him to soak in the adoration from the crowd. Then Ryan Goins with the proper sacrifice bunt! Too bad Kevin Pillar and Devon Travis couldn’t do anything with it.

LOWLIGHTS:

Everything else regarding the Blue Jays offense. Only two hits until Bautista did his moonwalk trot around the bases in the ninth. None of the momentum from yesterday’s game was evident as King Felix’s royal arsenal was overwhelming. If Jose doesn’t send that ball back to Vancouver, this is another brutal example of the offensive struggles that have plagued this team for the past few weeks.

Granted, the bullpen provided better fodder for the Blue Jays to bash around and take for walks, but the Tom Wilhemsens of the world are not pitching in the post-season. If the Blue Jays want to have success, it is the Felix Hernandez-types that they will have to be patient with, and abandon the free-swinging attitude that has plagued this offense as summer turns to fall.

Also, the defense of Josh Donaldson is why R.A. Dickey was unfairly saddled with the loss. He threw away the Guillermo Heredia grounder, then could not hang on to Ryan Goins throw to erase him from third base.

NEWS & NOTES:

  • Travis went 0 for 4, snapping his hit streak at 17 games.
  • Boston played Baltimore later in the evening, sending Clay Buchholz and his 5.20 ERA to the mound against Ubaldo Jimenez in the battle of pitchers Blue Jays would love to see in a one-game playoff.
  • This was Dickey’s first regular season relief appearance since 2012, when he was with the Mets. That appearance also did not end well.
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Andrews has been immersed in sports from a young age, since they could read Jr. Jays comics that filtered into the backwoods of Northern Nova Scotia. The Canadian has been blogging about sports since high school, writing on FOX Sports.com’s blogs as well on the Tailpipe Sports blog. The 20-something has been with Jays From the Couch since its humble beginnings, and continues to contribute while forging a career in the sports journalism industry. Andrews brings a discerning eye, a smoking keyboard, and a brain that made Jeopardy! briefly rethink letting Canadians onto their program.

Ryan Andrews

Andrews has been immersed in sports from a young age, since they could read Jr. Jays comics that filtered into the backwoods of Northern Nova Scotia. The Canadian has been blogging about sports since high school, writing on FOX Sports.com’s blogs as well on the Tailpipe Sports blog. The 20-something has been with Jays From the Couch since its humble beginnings, and continues to contribute while forging a career in the sports journalism industry. Andrews brings a discerning eye, a smoking keyboard, and a brain that made Jeopardy! briefly rethink letting Canadians onto their program.