Rangers pour Saltalamacchia into Jays wounds
It wasn’t exactly the way the Blue Jays were hoping to start off the season – a walk-off loss in the bottom of the ninth against the Texas Rangers.
Suddenly, I’m getting flashbacks from last year.
Despite all that, I would say it was a pretty solid effort put forth by the Blue Jays on Opening Day. Up until the seventh inning, momentum was completely in their favour until the Rangers finally started nibbling away at Shaun Marcum.
As luck would have it, as I was nervously listening to the game on MLB GameDay Audio, my feed crapped out the instant I heard the ball make contact with Vladimir Guerrero’s bat. By the time the feed caught up, it was too late – Marcum’s quest to throw the no-no was over.
I’m brought back to Shaun Marcum’s start on May 13th 2007. After six hitless innings, John Gibbons didn’t hesitate to pull Marcum from the game and thus end his no-hit bid.
Should Cito have done the same today?
Out of all the starting pitchers, Marcum probably has the longest leash and most sway with the manager. So why did it take Cito so long to finally bring in Scott Downs after Vladimir Guerrero broke up the no-hitter?
At that point, Marcum had already pitched 6 and 1/3 innings in just his first start of the season. Cito should have been on the phone to the bullpen the instant that Vladdy reached first base.
Anyway, on to the positives. Vernon Wells – 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s. A very nice start to the season and hopefully a sign of things to come. Adam Lind also contributed going 2 for 4 with a solo home run. Travis Snider, while not extremely impressive at the plate, sprawled out in left field to make a diving grab for the second straight game.
Ultimately, I feel the worst for Shaun Marcum – one minute, he’s riding a no-hitter and the next, the lead is gone courtesy to a Cruz Missle (thanks RollFizzleBeef). It’s like finding out you won the lottery, only a moment later discovering that it was one of your buddies who planted a fake ticket in your wallet.
Oh well … there’s no point in dwelling on one loss. Yes, things could’ve been much different if there were some more timely managerial decisions, but these are the kinds of things we’re going to have to live with so long as Cito is at the helm of this ship.
One down, 161 to go.