Only three more games left for the Toronto Blue Jays. Right now I don’t care if they win or not, mainly because the second half of the 2012 season has been dreadful for the team. With two bad losing streaks, combined with all the injuries they had in the second half, it was hard to watch the games sometimes without getting bored.
Thankfully, the first game against the Minnesota Twins was rather exiting, especially at the end.
Down 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Yan Gomes hit a solo home run to push the game into extra innings.
In the bottom of the tenth inning, there was a little bit of drama when J.P. Arencibia was called out at first for running outside the baseline.
Arencibia started running to first when the catcher dropped the ball on the third strike. Instead of getting the out at first, the catcher made a throwing error and Adeiny Hechavarria scored all the way from second base for what would’ve been the winning run for the Jays. However, Arencibia was called out and Hechavarria had to go back to second. Jay’s manager, John Farrell came out of dugout and argued the call and was tossed out of the game.
With two out, it was up to Anthony Gose to drive in the winning run and that’s exactly what he did by hitting a grounder into center field to give the Jays a 6-5 victory.
Adam Lind had a good night at the plate, going four for four, scoring one run and collecting two RBIs.
The Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning in the second game when Rajai Davis drove in Adeiny Hechavarria with a single.
The Blue Jays were up 4-0 until the sixth inning when Denard Span hit a two run homer to cut Toronto’s lead in half.
Up only by one run at the top of the ninth inning, it was up to the closer, Casey Janssen to shut the Twins offense down, which he did.
Starting pitcher, Chad Jenkins got his first ever Major League win. In five innings pitched, he gave up five hits. two earned runs, one walk, and struck out two batters. Not bad for a rookie.
The Jays wrapped up their season tonight by winning 2-1 and getting the sweep over the Twins. The best part of the game was the ovation that Omar Vizquel got from the fans each time he stepped inside the batter’s box. In case some of you out there don’t know, this was possibly Vizquel’s last Major League game. My favourite Blue Jay player, Brett Lawrie even gave up his number
13, so Omar could ware it tonight. Lawrie went with number 17. In his last at bat, Vizquel reached another milestone by getting a base hit to take over 40th spot on the all-time hit list. Congratulations Omar on a fantastic career.
Now that the season is over, what’s next for the Blue Jays? Not much. There is not a lot for the club to chose from in the free agent market. There could be a trade or two, but in reality, expect pretty much the same team next year.