4:38 PM Eastern
That’s really the only place this game should go – to be immediately relegated to the dustbin of history. This one was ugly with a capital “UG” from just about the get-go.
Brad Mills hit a wall in the third inning and saw the A’s score six runs before an out was even made. From that point, it was a procession of ineffective relievers who somehow managed to allow just one earned run the rest of the way despite the fact that Oakland didn’t have a single 1-2-3 inning in the game and the six Blue Jays pitchers (including Mills) combined to throw a grand total of 225 pitches in the game.
Offensively, there was nothing doing on the Toronto side. The highlight was J.P. Arencibia’s opposite-field home run in the 7th inning. It was J.P.’s 19th big fly of the season and put him just one homer away from John Buck’s single-season record for a Blue Jays catcher – and this as a rookie. Adam Lind hit the ball hard three times, settling for a ground-rule double; he was robbed by a great catch by Ryan Sweeney deep in the right-centrefield gap and again by a nice Brian Fuentes snag on a comebacker. Aaron Hill brought back fond memories with a line-drive double to the right-centrefield gap in the bottom of the 9th and Brett Lawrie drew his first big-league walk.
In the overall, though, just a stinker.
The Blue Jays will welcome Vernon Wells and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a three-game set that begins Friday night with a battle of good, strong righties in Brandon Morrow and Ervin Santana, each of whom is in search of his 9th win of the season.
Here’s hoping Wells comes back to the ovation that he deserves. I have said many times that Wells’ name is all over the Blue Jays’ record book, and here are some examples: Vernon is the Jays’ all-time leader in at-bats. He’s second all-time in home runs, RBIs, hits, runs scored, doubles, extra base hits and total bases. Wells is third on the list in games played and fourth in slugging percentage and sac flies. That’s a pretty impressive list. He’s also 10th on the all-time list in triples, stolen bases and batting average and, believe it or not, sixth all-time in walks.
We’ll be on the air at 7:00 PM Eastern for a 7:07 first pitch – join us, won’t you?
No JaysTalk today, owing to the weekday day-gameness of it all. But we’ll have the opportunity to talk after Vernon’s return on Friday night! I’m sure a lot of the talk today might have been about the fact that Adeiny Hechavarria got called up from AA New Hampshire to AAA Las Vegas, where he’ll spend the next four weeks or so until the minor-league season ends. After that, we may see a September call-up to the big club, though I wouldn’t necessarily hold my breath. The 22 year-old can already play big-time big-league defense, but the bat only recently appears to be coming around.
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