The Toronto Blue Jays are having a miserable time this season.
They are used to mediocre seasons, but not used to having a lousy season made worse by incredibly high expectations.
The AL East experienced some changes after last night as the surprising New York Yankees moved into first place for just the second time this season. The Red Sox entered play last night tied for first with the Orioles, one game up on New York.
Up until yesterday, Boston had been in first or tied for first all 39 days of the season, the longest continuous stretch that a Red Sox team has ever held first place to begin a season topping the 1918 record of 25 days.
But Boston came up lacking last night dropping a 5-3 decision to the Twins after a John Lackey error led to four unearned runs, two of them coming on a Oswaldo Arcia homer who celebrated his birthday last night adding a triple to his own gift collection. The Sox have dropped seven-of-10.
Jeremy Guthrie and the Royals defeated the Orioles, 6-2. Guthrie is now 10-0 since Aug. 8 and has gone a franchise-record 18 straight starts without a loss.
The Yankees topped the Rockies and the rain, 3-1, in Colorado
But those are the functional teams in the AL East. Let’s move on to the dysfunctional Jays and their dyspeptic manager, John Gibbons.
Oh yes, Gibbons has indigestion after watching his squad lose 5-4 to the Rays in 10 innings in Tampa.
Here’s how Gibbons described the loss:
“You shouldn’t lose games like that, you’ve got to throw strikes,” he said. “It’s pretty simple you know. Let them hit their way to victory.
“Roberts (Ryan, the first batter Brad Lincoln faced) is a guy we can get but we walked him. Then we had the lead and fell behind Escobar (Yunel in the seventh) and he takes us deep (for a homer that tied it 4-4). It’s frustrating. It’s a disappointing loss, it really is. We had the lead and coughed it up. They get the big win when we couldn’t throw strikes.”
Let me explain.
This was the third time since the Cy Young has been awarded in both leagues that reigning winners have faced each other the following season.
- The Mets’ Frank Viola defeated the Dodgers’ Orel Hershiser 1-0 on Aug. 28, 1989
- Atlanta’s Tom Glavine beat the Roger Clemens and the New York Yankees 6-2 on July 15, 1999
Neither pitcher was around at the end of this match.
Here’s the walkoff walk ending:
Evan Longoria walked home with the winner in the 10th.
With two outs in the 10th, Evan Longoria doubled on a 2-0 fastball from Aaron Loup for a his ninth hit of the four-game set. Following an intentional walk to Ben Zobrist, reliever Brad Lincoln came in and walked Ryan Roberts to load the bases and then got ahead of Luke Scott, 0-2, before walking him for a 5-4 Jays loss at the Trop and much annoyance for Gibbons.
We’ll see if the skipper will feel better as Toronto brought up 39-year-old Ramon Ortiz from Buffalo to start tonight against Boston.