Well, that felt like a kick in the gut.
These emotions go along with the time of year, it’s what happens in a pennant race. You win some, you lose some. It’s all apart of the process, enjoy it for what it is because for the last 22 years you weren’t able to say that the Blue Jays were in a pennant race.
The biggest thing is how does a team and more importantly Roberto Osuna and Aaron Sanchez bounce back from this. Sanchez who suffered the loss in Tuesday nights game pitched a scoreless inning in last nights game, so take from it what you will. Osuna, who bounced back nicely from blowing a save at the end of August, and had looked really good his last few outings should be fine as well. Remember, he has pitched in many big spots and has come up big. It’s one game, better they have a game like this now instead of against the Yankees or in a playoff game.
The other thing to take away from the loss was the fight to the end that the Blue Jays put up. It would have been easy to throw in the towel but thanks to a Jose Bautista two run homer and a Matt Hague pinch hit double hit to the deepest part of the ball park the Blue Jays had the tying run in scoring position at the end of the game.
Really like the way John Gibbons managed the game today, yeah it didn’t work out but sometimes that is going to happen. Although maybe next time he brings Sanchez in to a game maybe the bases should be empty, Sanchez hasn’t done a great job of stranding inherited runners. Some of the comments I read after the game about Gibby from the so called Bandwagon fans were annoying, some calling for Gibby’s head.
I suppose a game like this points out the lack of another left handed pitcher that can be used in a high leverage spot. It would have been nice if Gibby could have gone to a left hander to face David Ortiz in the ninth inning instead of using Sanchez there. But when your only left handed options are Aaron Loup and Jeff Francis in that spot then you stick with Sanchez. Remember Sanchez is a young pitcher and as he gains experience he will only get better. I still think he is better served being used out of the bullpen than in the rotation, I said it last winter and I’m still sticking to that statement now.
Lastly, to all the fans that were overreacting to the loss today, relax, it’s one game. It’s late in September and the Jays are up 3.5 in the AL East and have a magic number of six! And this team is a ton of fun to watch as well.
The Blue Jays announced the minor-leaguers that they were calling up to their Major League Roster expanded on Tuesday.
Ryan Tepera, Aaron Loup, Jeff Francis, Dalton Pompey and Munenori Kawasaki are being added to the roster ahead of tonight’s game against Cleveland. Josh Thole is expected to be called up ahead of Tomorrow nights game and Marcus Stroman should be up if all goes well with his rehab start in the next few weeks.
All of the above named players have spent time with the Blue Jays this season with Loup having appeared in the most games this season with 48 appearances before he pitched himself out of a big league job. Jeff Francis has appeared in eight games pitching 12 innings allowing nine earned runs on 16 hits. Ryan Tapera was a victim of the numbers game after the Blue Jays acquired LaTroy Hawkins and Mark Lowe. Tapera did look good though when he was up earlier in the year pitching 25 innings with a WHIP of 0.803.
Pompey made the team out of Spring Training but it soon became apparent that his bat wasn’t ready for the big time and was sent to the minors in early May when Kevin Pillar became the every day centerfielder.