When the Blue Jays were constructed this winter the game plan was not to have Thad Weber pitching three consecutive days, especially with the game on the line. Yet, when Brandon Morrow left after only two innings, there was Weber on the mound in the top of the 10th. Casey Janssen and Brad Lincoln were the only arms remaining in the Jays bullpen and they had a good view of Brian McCann’s home run to right which gave the Atlanta Braves a 7-6 win before 45,224 fans at Rogers Centre. Adam Lind walked to open the bottom of the 10th but Craig Kimbrel set down Colby Rasmus (strikeout), Maicer Izturis (pop up) and Emilio Bonifacio (line drive to left) to end it. The Jays, playing without Brett Lawrie who sprained his ankle Monday, had tied the score 6-6 in the seventh when Jose Bautista doubled off Anthony Varvaro and scored on a one-out double to left-centre by J.P. Arencibia, who made a fine leaping play into the Jays dugout to catch Jason Heyward’s pop up in the fifth. Many National League clubs come into an American League park and complain: AL teams have a regular designated hitter while NL teams usually wind up using a back-up outfielder. Down 5-4 in the sixth, catcher Evan Gattis and DH McCann went deep off Ramon Ortiz in a span of six pitches. Morrow lasted only two innings, leaving due to forearm soreness. Morrow allowed four runs -- two earned -- on four hits. Paul Maholm buzzed Bautista with a 1-2 88 MPH fastball and two pitches later tagged a 62 MPH ephus pitch into the seats for a 5-4 lead. DVD copies of the first inning should have be kept in order to be shown to minor leaguers -- the way Brett Lawrie’s screaming act at third base coach Luis Rivera on Sunday -- on what not to do on a ball diamond.
Blue Jays hang tough with Braves, but fall 7-6 in extras
Toronto Sun | May 29