Walk It Off
I couldn’t think of a more perfect way for the Toronto Blue Jays to score their first walk-off victory of the year – against the defending champion New York Yankees.
Like most fans, I was thrilled to see the Blue Jays finally put the Yankees away in the bottom of the 14th inning, but was afraid things might actually go on forever.
After about four hours sitting in sun at the Rogers Centre and my skin turning a nice hue of red, I had to retreat to the concourse to get some cover in fear that I might turn into a walking talking lobster.
Aside from the ending, it wasn’t exactly the most thrilling baseball game to watch. There were three home runs hit in total, but there were about maybe seven or eight balls hit to the warning track that seemed like they were going out of the ballpark.
Ricky Romero took care of the Yankees best hitters: Mark Teixeira struck out five times, Alex Rodriguez ground into two double plays, and after compiling a 17-game hit streak, Robinson Cano was held hitless for the second straight game.
Things weren’t looking very good on the Blue Jays end of the lineup either. Adam Lind was 0 for 6 with four strikeouts, and prior to his game-winning hit, Aaron Hill was 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.
For the most part, I think Cito Gaston did a pretty good job of managing the team in extras, especially with the bullpen. The only criticism I had of him was a situation in the bottom of the 11th where Jose Bautisa led of the inning with a walk.
Instead of getting Alex Gonzalez to bunt Bautista up to second base, Gonzalez grounded into a double play which took away almost any chance for the Jays to score in the 11th.
The funny thing is the exact same scenario happened in the bottom of the 14th when Edwin Encarnacion led off with a walk, and then only did Cito instruct Fred Lewis to sacrifice bunt EE over to second base. That would eventually lead to the game winning hit from Aaron Hill.
So now the Blue Jays go for the sweep against the Yankees, but they definitely have an uphill battle ahead of them. After the bullpen picked up five innings of relief yesterday, the Blue Jays will be hoping that Brandon Morrow can make it through a solid 6-7 innings.
Join me for the series conclusion starting at 1pm today over at The Score Live Blog.
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