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No Jose Bautista, no problem!
Or as Yunel Escobar would say, “N hay José Bautista no hay problema”.
While Jose was off tending to family matters, Yunel Escobar picked up where Bautista usually leaves off and was the one who pulled off the late-inning heroics.
Just to show you how crazy of a game baseball is, Adam Lind swung at the first pitch during Sunday’s game and came up just short of sending the game to extras. Yunel Escobar swings at the first pitch last night and wins the game.
I have to say, you have to admire the resilience of a team that came all the way back from a five run deficit and managed to storm a comeback in walk-off fashion. The mantra “hustle & heart” certainly applied last night.
Jo-Jo Reyes wasn’t exactly spectacular in his Blue Jays debut, but I wouldn’t say it’s cause to drop him off the roster already. It was one bad outing, and the A’s somehow managed to keep pulling the ball down the third base line.
Not to sound like a Jo-Jo Reyes apologist, but his BABIP was a mind-blowing .563. The Oakland A’s hit a total of 6 line drives off Reyes. Admittedly an extremely small sample size after just one start, but I think Reyes was a little unlucky.
Had it not been for some stellar defense up the middle, the score could have been much worse. Aaron Hill and Yunel Escobar were trying their damndest to keep that ball on the infield, as was Jayson Nix. With each hit, it seemed like Nix was just narrowly missing those shots down the third base line.
Much like Brett Cecil’s outing on Sunday, it was great defense that kept the Blue Jays in the game and prevented their opponents from really doing some damage.
Lady luck finally came through for the Blue Jays in the latter innings when Kevin Kouzmanoff and Brandon McCarthy combined to gift-wrap a bunch of unearned runs for the Blue Jays. Some heads up baserunning by Rajai Davis and Yunel Escobar also contributed towards the comeback.
While there were a lot of great things to take away from that game, one negative thing that stood out was the play of Juan Rivera. I realize he’s an older player and a little banged up, but you’d think he’d at least attempt to run out a grounder or make it from first to third.
Aside from that and Jo-Jo Reyes being nickel and dimed to death, it was an overall solid effort by the Blue Jays. Nothing like getting that walk-off win out of the way early in the season.