The problem with the Blue Jays is they don’t have the killer instinct to put an opponent away when they have a chance. That’s why following a 9-7 loss to the M’s at Safeco Field on Wednesday they are eight games below .500 and out of contention.
The Jays had built a 7-2 lead after three innings and blew it. Against M’s long reliever Brandon Maurer they had three hits and five walks in 3 1/3 innings but failed to add any runs. But this loss may have fallen on manager John Gibbons.

With a number of fresh arms in the bullpen and an off-day before the weekend series vs. the A’s Gibbons stayed with his starter two batters too long in the fifth inning. The Jays entered the fifth with a four-run cushion and looking for three outs to qualify J.A. Happ for his first win since April 12. However a leadoff error by Brett Lawrie and a single by Kyle Seager keyed the trouble. Gibbons left his left-hander in until the fourth run had scored and the tying run was at first base. The M’s scored five more in the inning capped by a Humberto Qunitero homer off Aaron Loup.

The return of Happ to the mound after 92 days away on the disabled list was a nice story even if he did only manage four-plus innings wirth no decision. Happ had been struck down by a Desmond Jennings line drive to the side of the head on May 7 at Tropicana Field and in the course of crumpling to the ground damaged his right knee straining the ACL and MCL.

“I still obviously wanted to be back sooner but I am happy about the way I feel now and I’m happy to finally be there after all that” Happ said. “Rehab’s never fun but this kind of stuff wasn’t any fun and it makes it worth all that being back here and to get out there.”

Happ began the game not exactly the way that he drew it up. Brad Miller chopped an infield single to third followed by a triple to Nick Franklin to right-centre field that snapped a 0-for-27 slump. Franklin scored on a Seager grounder to Edwin Encarnacion that gave the M’s a 2-0 lead.