8:29 PM Eastern
And to honour my celebrating the year marking the true answer to Life, The Universe and Everything, I’m going to have a lovely dinner with my lovely bride and leave you blogless.
Except for the following:
I had a couple of conversations post-game, and I present them to you now.
First, J.P. Arencibia:
Carlos Villanueva, who threw two strong innings in his second appearance since shutting down for a week with a numbness scare:
And here’s the post-game scrum with John Farrell:
Farrell was pretty dismissive of my theory that Edwin Encarnacion being a passable left fielder would mitigate the need for a guy like Ben Francisco on the roster (though he was polite about it), but I think that may change as the spring goes on.
It was a wonderful birthday present to get to call a couple of innings of the Blue Jays’ latest win, and even more of a gift to have the Jays score five runs in those two innings, including a pair of big flies. Here they are, for your listening pleasure:
Arencibia’s tie-breaking shot in the 4th:
And Encarnacion’s insurance blast in the 5th:
The Blue Jays head northeast to Kissimmee to meet the Astros on Thursday. Dustin McGowan gets the start and is scheduled to throw three innings, Kyle Drabek is set to follow with three of his own. Here’s the rest of the travel squad: Jesse Chavez, Jerry Gil, Travis d’Arnaud, Yan Gomes, A.J. Jimenez, David Cooper, Jonathan Diaz, Mike McCoy, Mike McDade, Luis Valbuena, Chris Woodward, Rajai Davis, Anthony Gose, Travis Snider, Eric Thames, Brian Bocock, Michael Crouse, Ruben Gotay, Jake Marisnick, Danny Perales.
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