Game Overbay

For the moment, I’ll take anything back anything bad I said about the Blue Jays marketing department planning a Lyle Overbay Bobblehead Giveaway Day.

Although Brian Tallet didn’t pick up the win, The Stache still came through with an impromptu start, limiting the Oakland A’s to just 2 runs over 5 innings. And as much turmoil as the bullpen has been in the past few weeks, the Jays pitched 7 innings of scoreless relief. In guess in retrospect, keeping Brandon League in yesterday’s game an inning too long was the right move.

Alex Rios finally came through with a hit today, and for the time being has dug himself out of his slump. I didn’t finally catch the game until the bottom of the 9th, with runners on 1st and 3rd with nobody out. I couldn’t help but notice that Marco Scutaro was very badly positioned on the basepaths after Vernon’s infield hit to the second baseman – Scoots had no chance to even turn back before he was tagged out.


But thankfully that was not the play that most people will remember from today’s game. Instead it will be the image above and the glory that comes with the Blue Jays second walk-off win of the season. Congratulations boys, you deserve it. Job well done.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

4 thoughts on “Game Overbay

  • April 18, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Perhaps this walk-off will also get Overbay off his slump and we start to see vintage-2006 Over the Bay. Sorry for the lame nickname, I couldn’t think of anything spur of the moment.

  • April 18, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Perfect timing with the bobblehead. Woot.

    BTW, did you notice Scott Richmond in the pen today? Since the pen is spent, and his next start has been bumped from Tuesday to Thursday, I wonder if they’ll toss him in relief tomorrow.

  • April 19, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Actually, if you just tuned in when Scutaro was on third, you missed the best part. He walked, tagged up to squeak into second, and then stole third. That sequence, for me, was the best play of the game. Scutaro gave the Jays an excellent chance to win it in the ninth. Didn’t quite work out…

  • April 19, 2009 at 1:01 am

    BK, I don’t think we’ll ever see another 20+ HR 40+ double season from Overbay ever again, but this is certainly a great start.

    LJ, nope I didn’t catch that about Rich. Maybe Cito throws him in for a few innings tomorrow in case Romero gets into trouble.

    Linutor, so Scutaro didn’t even hit his way on base and he still made his way to third? Wow – that’s hustle. Too bad that V-Dub didn’t come through with the hit in the 9th, but I’ll take a walk-off win any day.

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