Despite his lack of speed, Barajas ran the fastest first to home (270 feet in total) that he ever did in his entire career. There was a scary moment after that, because I was almost convinced that Rod had a stroke at home plate. Barajas himself even admitted he was completely exhausted:
“If I had to run 10 more feet the paramedics would’ve been out there giving me mouth to mouth.” – via Bastian’s twitter
It was a great team effort tonight from the Blue Jays and it was very fitting that they snapped the losing streak against the very same team and pitcher which it began against. Obviously the Jays did their homework on Tim Wakefield this time and put their experience to good use for five extra base hits off of the knuckleballer. Clutch hitting returned once again as all six runs were scored with two outs and the hit .363 with runners in scoring position.
Casey Janssen posted a solid effort but had trouble early in the game keeping the ball in play. Although it took 13 innings, Janssen finally got his first swinging strike against the opposition tonight, too. Just to put a punctuation mark on his night, Casey punched out Kevin Youkilis and got Jason Bay looking to end the 7th inning. If that’s not a middle finger salute to the Red Sox, I don’t know what is.
With that win, the monkey is officially off the back of the Toronto Blue Jays and they can now focus on decimating the Boston Red Sox for the rest of the weekend. While fans aren’t busy decimating hot dogs and nachos for the “All You Can Eat Weekend“, be sure to look up at the box score every one and a while and check how our boys are doing.