On the day manager John Gibbons was hired, he insisted his biggest strength would be staying out of the way and letting his players play. He agreed managers will not win many games for their team but that they can lose some over the course of a season. Well on Tuesday night in a 4-3 loss to the White Sox, Gibbons did not get out the way and it led to defeat in a game the Blue Jays could have won. One move of pinch-hitting for Colby Rasmus produced a domino effect of managerial misfortune, beginning in the bottom of the seventh. On a night when third baseman Brett Lawrie returned to the lineup to bolster the Jays’ shaky defence, Gibbons seemed to forget his own mantra of seeking improved defence in order to allow his pitchers to put their best foot forward. In a 2-2 tie, leading off the seventh vs. lefty Hector Santiago, the manager sent Rajai Davis to the plate, pinch-hitting for Rasmus, his best available defensive outfielder. The dominoes began to fall. Davis struck out and stayed in the game playing right. The versatile Emilio Bonifacio moved from right to centre field. The defence had been weakened, plus the available bench was down to Mark DeRosa and Henry Blanco with Jose Bautista still unavailable with a back and inner-ear infection. Certainly the bigger issue was Steve Delabar, in his second inning, walking the first two Sox batters. But with one out and Bonifacio playing shallow, Dayan Viciedo drove a ball over the centre-fielder’s head that landed well shy of the warning track. Rasmus, who showed great improvement on such plays, going back on the ball, will never know if he makes that catch. One run scored and a second came on a sacrifice fly to right with an offline throw by Davis. The defence let them down. “It was a tie game against a tough lefty (reliever) coming up,” Gibbons said. “Leading off the inning I thought we could get something going there. If Raj gets on he makes things happen. As far as defence, the throw home was a little wide. If it was on the money it had a chance.” That was not the final domino. Playing with a short bench already, Adam Lind singled behind Edwin Encarnacion. Representing the tying run, there was no one to pinch-run for Lind and Davis was forced to face right-handed closer Addison Reed instead of Rasmus who was already out of the game. The game was tied. Rasmus already had a single and a monster home run to centre. Let them play and leave the best defenders. The final score won’t take away from the solid effort by starter Josh Johnson, who allowed just two runs in becoming the first Jays pitcher to complete seven innings. The first run was on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the second and the other was on a 3-0 mistake to Paul Konerko for a home run. “It was a fastball in that ran back over the middle,” Johnson described. “I knew he was swinging too. I just wish I could take that one back. That and the spiked slider that I threw.”