Firing on all cylinders
What the hell did Adam Lind have for breakfast yesterday? It must have been a champion-sized bowl of Wheaties, because it was a career night for him in Toronto’s 12-5 tromping of the Tigers. Lind hit a franchise high 6 RBI’s and went 4 for 5. It was certainly a great start to a year in which the Jays young players really need to contribute.
In fact, it was a complete team effort – everyone in the lineup had a hit. The heart of the lineup (Rios, Wells, Lind) ripped apart the Tigers pitching, going 7 for 12. The Jays even had clutch 2-out hitting from Lyle Overbay and Adam Lind too. Travis Snider didn’t fail to impress, with a long bomb and a double in his very first major league Opening Day. I think one day hitting in the 9th slot is enough, move this guy up to 5th or 6th already.
Although Doc gave up 5 runs, he was sick throughout 6 innings. I didn’t want to say anything, but Halladay didn’t even give up a single hit until the 4th inning. Unfortunately, that hit was a solo shot from Curtis Granderson, which got the offensive ball rolling for the Tigers.
Aside from a few scary moments in the 7th, the Blue Jays had control of this game from start to finish. I noticed that the buzz during the game died off a bit around the 6th inning (once stuff started getting hurled on the field), once the fans realized that the game was pretty much in the bag. Oddly enough, so were many of the fans. Hey-o!
But really, what more could you ask of from a Blue Jays Home Opener? Doc was pretty much amazing, there was tonnes of hitting, and the kids showed they have the talent to compete at the big league level. Taking a page from our boy eyebleaf at Sports and the City – Pennant!