Only the Jays could look completely overmatched one night and then come back and play the game of the lives the next. As unpredictable as they can be, they still have me coming back for more every night.
That’s why even after losing 14-0 on Tuesday and falling behind 3-0 after half an inning tonight, I couldn’t look away. Somehow I just knew the Jays weren’t going to take this laying down. The young guys took it personally, rallying several times to not only deny Tim Wakefield a 200th win, but shock the BoSox and Daniel Bard with a five run 8th.
There was so much to love about tonight, it’s hard to list everything. Adam Lowen’s return and key base hit is up there. J.P. Arencibia setting a new Blue Jays record for home runs by a catcher. E.E. coming up with a huge, two out bases clearing double to break the 8-8 tie. I’m in such a good mood I’ll ignore the fact that Frank Francisco just about gave the game away in the 9th. Thankfully the Red Sox turned in a bone head move and had Mike Aviles try to steal second with two outs.
The things you can do when you already have a playoff spot sewn up…
Even if it was a meaningless games for both sides, it was still by far one of Toronto’s best. It also sets up nicely to take three of four from Boston as Ricky Romero takes to the hill against Andrew Miller. Ricky, fresh off of winning the August pitcher of the month award, is throwing the ball as well as he ever has. Unfortunately he can never seem to put up a decent outing against Boston.
If he can throw up a couple of scoreless innings and let the bats get to Miller, he should be in business.
It may be a long shot, but the Jays are currently 6-9 with three left to play against Boston. Finishing .500 against the ‘Best Red Sox team ever’ (or so the Globe proclaimed in April) would be quite the accomplishment.