ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — “Horses***.”
That was the sanitized but rather succinct summation of the Blue Jays latest loss, a 1-0 walkoff to the Tampa Bay Rays here on Wednesday afternoon.
The expression came from Jays manager John Gibbons, who was speaking specifically about the team’s record at Tropicana Field — 1-5 this season and 4-11 in their past 15 games. But it could also speak to an offence that has gone ice-cold and a team that has fallen to an overall record of 30-38.
That the Jays have lost touch with the front-running Yankees and Red Sox in the AL East only adds to the frustration of course, but the offence has been deplorable.
It was the fourth time in the past nine games Toronto has managed five hits or less and they were a miserable 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday.
“We’re streaky, that’s just the way it works sometimes,” Gibbons said.
“We had some chances especially early on but couldn’t get a big hit. We’re horses— down here. I have no explanation for it, that’s just the way it is.”
Unfortunately, with no offence, the Jays were ultimately doomed. So, when Matt Duffy walk-off singled in the bottom of the ninth to drive home Mailex Smith from third, it was game over and a three-game sweep for the hosts. It was the game’s lone run as both teams were held to just five hits.
The loss spoiled another strong outing from Toronto starter J.A. Happ, who went only five innings thanks to a high pitch count, but did not allow a run and surrendered just one hit. The effort lowered his ERA to 3.48.
The lone bright spot for the Toronto offence came from Curtis Granderson, who had three singles — albeit harmless ones without any support behind him.
The Jays, who were once again without third baseman Josh Donaldson as he continues to recover from a calf injury, won’t exactly get a break when they return home.
After a day off Thursday, they begin a three-game weekend series against Washington that will include a Saturday date against Nationals ace Max Scherzer, he of a 10-2 record and 2.00 ERA.
Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies