When Anthony Gose goes back for a hard line drive, he makes it look easy. Gifted with speed, the instincts to read balls correctly, and a brilliant throwing arm, Gose gave another demonstration of his considerable skill set during the Jays’ 4-2 win over Cleveland before 17,364 at the Rogers Centre Thursday night. The Jays took two of three from Cleveland, and in the process, got a strong outing from J.A. Happ, who had his best outing of the season, a six-inning, six-hit effort that improved his record to 2-1. The night belonged to Edwin Encarnacion, who slammed two homers and in four trips to the plate hit the ball as hard as it can be hit. But Gose was part of the equation, playing centre field, covering a lot of ground, and foreshadowing once again what may turn into a permanent stay in the big leagues. In the fifth inning Thursday, Cleveland’s No. 9 hitter, Mike Aviles, a .310 No. 9 hitter at that, stroked a line drive that very likely sails over the head of some slower outfielders. But not Gose. He ran it down gracefully, the way you expect a big leaguer to do, making it look routine. More importantly, he did the same thing in the eighth inning off pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall; Cleveland had runners on first and second and one out, and Gose ran down a line drive to the gap in right-centre field to save a run. That smooth, confident defence may be, finally, the ticket for Gose to stay in the big leagues. The talented outfielder was up with the Jays from Buffalo Thursday after the club placed regular centre fielder Colby Rasmus on the disabled list (hamstring). “He’s played great for us, he really has,” Jays manager John Gibbons praised after the win. “Realistically, defensively he’s as good as anybody out there, you won’t find a better centre fielder. He has that look in his eyes, like he belongs. He will take away a lot of hits in centre field for you.” At the very least, Gose should get another one of the so-called “looks” for the next two weeks, unless things go unexpectedly wrong.
Gose showcases speed in 4-2 win over Cleveland Indians
Toronto Star | May 16