It’s the final week of the baseball season and the Blue Jays are still chasing wins. They may be well out of the division and wild-card races but they’re scratching and clawing for a couple more big Ws. With five games left the Jays need one more win to match their total from a year ago — an unfathomable fate when the season began and the club was considered a legitimate World Series contender. To think that after all that went on in the off-season — when the Jays boosted payroll by 50 per cent selling off loads of prospective talent to acquire a slew of former all-stars — the club is still fighting simply to match last year’s dismal 73-89 mark? It’s almost unbelievable. But with a lineup filled with players who started the season in Triple-A and a third of their opening-day roster finishing the season on the disabled list it won’t come easy. The Jays took a step towards avoiding that disappointment on Tuesday with a 3-2 extra-innings victory over the Baltimore Orioles whose playoff hopes were all but dashed over the weekend with a demoralizing four-game sweep at the hands of the wild-card-holding Tampa Bay Rays. Veteran utility man Mark DeRosa came through with two clutch hits late in the game. Pinch-hitting for Adam Lind in the eighth he drove home Jose Reyes with a bloop into shallow right field to tie the game and two innings later he drove another single the other way once again scoring Reyes to take the lead. Reyes was lucky to be on base to begin with as it looked like he was picked off a batter earlier. After walking aboard he advanced to second on a single by Munenori Kawasaki. Orioles reliever Francisco Rodriguez surprised Reyes with a quick pickoff attempt but Reyes was called safe after appearing to manoeuvre his hand away from Brian Roberts’ tag.
Blue Jays beat Baltimore Orioles 3-2 in extra innings
Toronto Star | Sep 25