Sunday’s game was a bit of a let down. Joe Biagini pitched admirably well but the Jays just didn’t get the big hit that pushed them over to get the sweep. Two runs on seven hits and a walk, while picking up seven strikeouts over six innings should get it done with some offence.
Biagini was a little hard on himself: "C plus. Maybe B minus, considering my expansion of pitches, but a lot of room for improvement. I would definitely categorize it as a learning experience."
It was nice of the Jays to gift the Rangers a small bit of dignity on their way out of town because this weekend was, for the most part, not kind.
Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki returned to the lineup Friday night but it was Devon Travis who was the star. Travis finished 3-for-4 with a grand slam and a double.
"I just think the biggest thing has been able [I'm] to slow the game down," said Travis to MLB.com. "Stick with your approach. When you're having a little bit of success, it's a lot easier to believe in your approach and what you're doing. I'm just continuing to take it day by day, at-bat by at-bat. Bring something to the yard every day to help the team win."
Rougned Odor, because he is a pain in the ass, tightened the game (and the sphincters of Jays' fans) in the top of the ninth with a three run homer off Joe "Witness Protection" Smith. Roberto Osuna struck out Mike Napoli and the Jays won 7-6.
Saturday featured one of the best games of the season. Marco Estrada, who has been a joy to watch this season, was in tough versus Rangers' ace Yu Darvish.
Darvish was a tough customer, but he hung a slider to José Bautista in the fifth. Bautista, because he loves hitting 3-run go ahead homers versus the Rangers, launched that slider into the atmosphere. It was a classic "hang/bang" situation.
Estrada had his changeup working, helping him to eight strikeouts in the win.
"I liked everything," Estrada said of his outing. "We were locating fastballs, changeups. I threw some decent curveballs. I threw one good cutter, the other one wasn't too good, but overall, the pitches were just working."
Rangers fans really do hate Bautista. It's rather hilarious to watch him just step up and own the Texas Rangers. Rangers' fans cling to the punch and "classiness", but it's great how he manages to just drive them to distraction.
I was looking for Bautista pictures and I found this one from the spring posted by Ian Hunter.
He's totally following you on Twitter in that pic.
Josh Donaldson had the day off on Saturday. He demonstrated why he should never be allowed to have a day off. GIFs by GIF Empress @ateDARYL.
It's such a dick move but Josh just looks so proud of himself. Little boys with beards. Every last one.
Joe Biagini, who looks the most unimpressed, has close to thirty pounds on Donaldson. Resist a little if you are so inconvenienced. Make him work for it.
Also, I see you Josue!!!!
I feel oddly connected to Joey Votto. I’ve only met him once. I made him laugh, which was about as enjoyable as you’d imagine it to be. (If you have a bad imagination, imagine that it was awesome, because it was.) But it wasn’t life changing or something. At least not on my end. I can’t speak for him.
But I wonder if I were a baseball player whether I would be like him. And no, I don’t mean enormously successful with a ridiculous contract, supernaturally talented and great looking in my tight pants (though all of those, you best believe, totally true, especially the contract.) It’s more along the lines of how he’s described in Gare Joyce’s piece on Sportsnet.ca. An introvert who is a little eccentric, with a biting sense of humour and not keen on tons of attention.
We are both Toronto-born September Virgos named Joe, with clinical Eeyore tendencies but with some snark and can grow luscious full beards. Well, most of that is true. I’ll let you decide what.