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4:40 PM Eastern
The Blue Jays reminded us all why they spent the season on the outside looking in this season with their putrid offensive performance in today’s loss to Boston – the loss that eliminated them, mathematically, from playoff consideration.
It was a weird game. Quiet, with almost a Grapefruit League-type feel. The Jays weren’t hitting, so they looked flat, but when Scott Richmond came out after five innings, Lyle Overbay came out with him. Scott Rolen left the next inning, and the Red Sox flipped their infield around late (the natural defensive moves for them if Kevin Youkilis is starting at third).
Daisuke Matsuzaka imposed his will upon the Jays, limiting them to just two hits over his seven innings of work, though they were both doubles. They were up to their old tricks, though, going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Again, a fitting tribute to a season in which their inability to come through when they needed to killed their chances.
No complaints about Scott Richmond. The B.C. native actually really showed me something today. I agreed with Alan Ashby when he said in the pre-game that the Sox weren’t exactly a good match-up for Richmond. In fact, I thought that was pretty kind. Richmond seemed to me to be “just a guy”, the prototypical guy you start when you need a starter, the journeyman-type who can eke out a big-league career getting people out here and there but really, that’s it. Today, though, he looked very, very good. He refuses to walk people (just two so far in his 21 big-league innings), and he shut the Sox down pretty effectively despite not having pitched in over three weeks.
He gave up three runs on five hits in five innings, which is about par for the course for him, but it was different this time because he really only should have given up one. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a triple, and scored on a sinking liner by Dustin Pedroia that Travis Snider caught, but was in a position that gave him absolutely no chance to throw out Ellsbury, who can fly. The other two runs came on a “you’ve got to be kidding me” home run by David Ortiz in the 3rd. It was a 3-2 pitch with two out that was well off the plate outside, and Ortiz just leaned out and one-handed it out over the wall in left field. He had NO business hitting that ball at all, let alone hitting it out of the park, and Richmond can’t be faulted for that. At worst, it should have been ball four.
John Parrish, Brian Wolfe and Brian Tallet pitched well, I think, but again this game had a very strange feel to it.
So the Red Sox go home for the rest of the season and the Rays hit the road for the rest of the season separated by a game and a half in the division.
Remember, The Blue Jays This Week is on at 7:05 PM Eastern on the Fan590 and right here on this very website. I have completed the post-season poll of all the Jays’ uniformed personnel and front office staff (with the exceptions of Scott Rolen and Scott Downs, who politely declined to participate, and B.J. Ryan, who impolitely declined – on that note, A.J. Burnett is talking to me again!) and the club has selected its team MVP, Pitcher of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Most Pleasant Surprise of theYear.
Tonight onTBJTW, you’ll hear from the Rookie of the Year and Most Pleasant Surprise of the Year. Next week, on one of the pre-pre-game shows, you’ll hear from the MVP and the Pitcher of the Year. Also tonight on TBJTW, I’ll have interviews with Jason Bay and Cito Gaston. Tune in!
Here’s this afternoon’s edition of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:
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