The Jays took two of three from the Giants this week, dropping the last game in extras on the single most irritating play in pro-sports: the walk-off walk.
Game one was Peavy vs Sanchez.
Jays won 3-1.
Jake Peavy has been pretty terrible to start the season for the Giants. While Peavy took the loss, he was not as terrible as he had been. Edwin Encarnacion hit a bomb which decided the game.
John Gibbons had this to say:
Unequivocally, the best part of playing the Giants is having Grant Brisbee write about your team.
It's just a nifty piece of writing. And also hilarious. His recaps are the gold standard combination of humour and analysis.
And yes, this team is designed in a lab to break Peavy-like pitchers in half and feast on the marrow, but there has been an alarming lack of marrow feasting this season.
Where is the marrow feasting? Why can't Troy Tulowitzki consume marrow consistently?
Game 2 was Cain vs Happ.
Jays won 4-0.
Jays won that riding the wave of Happ pitching and Tulowitzki offense.
That's right, Troy Tulowitzki.
For one so often taciturn, Tulo talked a lot:
John Gibbons was a little more to the point:
JA Happ has pitched like a boss so far this season. I feel a little bad I have called him a whinger in the past. (Well, to excuse myself, he was whinging about being in the bullpen.)
He pitched 8 2/3 innings of four hit baseball on Tuesday. Of the 111 pitches he threw, he threw 75 strikes and allowed just three Giants past first base until the ninth inning.
It helps a little that the Giants can't hit.
Gibby talks about this season's frustrations, last season's fun times and showing emotion in baseball.
Tulo talks about his early frustrations and pushing forward through struggle. Back to basics, adjustments to Toronto.
Final game was Bumgarner vs Stroman.
Giants took it 5-4.
The Jays lost that one in extras, on a bases loaded four pitch walk in the 13th. If you are going to lose in irritating and pointless ways, all I asked is for it to be within nine innings. Do not stretch it out to 13.
I have chosen to focus on the positive. Positives like the Jays climbing back into the game culminating with Michael Saunders hitting the homer to tie it of off Giants' closer Santiago Casilla.
The game felt endless and I was reminded several times how much I prefer the AL game. The peak of that might've been when R.A. Dickey was asked to bunt a runner over. I mean, come on.
To remain positive, I will avoid mention of the defensive miscues and the lack of hitting in extras, but I will say I'm not mad at the bullpen as a whole. 6.1 innings of quality pitching, especially without the use of Osuna, will not be erased by shrimp.
This group of guys, as a whole, have been roughed up. This was a positive turn.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Music? Sure. I love this track.
So moody. Good for an off day after shrimp.