A perfect opportunity was squandered last night as the Jays simply imploded and gave struggling Boston a lopsided victory.
Fortunately, with the help of Daniel Bard, they were able to bounce back today and earn the split.
Realistically it should have been a sweep, but it’s better than nothing. If Tampa can defeat the O’s tonight (they currently trail 4-2 in the 6th) then they will return to just three games back.
Much respect to Brett Lawrie, who ran through Jason Varitek attempting to score the tying run. He’d be out and would leave with a knee injury, but can’t fault him for playing the game hard. It didn’t score the run but it seemed to have fired up the rest of the team.
It’s hard to believe the Jays finished the year 8-10 vs. Boston. Hardly worth popping champagne over, but considering the payroll difference and gap in the standings, it’s a decent accomplishment.
Even better was the fact Ricky Romero earned the win, his second straight over Boston. He’s now 15-10 on the year. If not for some bad breaks earlier in the year he could be nearing 20 wins this year.
On the opposite end of the spectrum was Bard, who lost his second straight vs. Toronto. Both times he had a comfortable lead in the 8th but completely fell apart. Adam Loewen played the hero, picking up a clutch two out two RBI single.
Yet another promising outfielder in Toronto’s system. You can bet good money that either Eric Thames, Travis Snider, Colby Rasmus or Loewen will be shopped for pitching this off-season.