Well, that didn't take long. It turned out that one game was all that Adam Lind needed to find his stroke. Out of the Blue Jays lineup since forced to come out of a May 7 game because of lower back pain, Lind returned from his first stint on the disabled list on Saturday and was 0-for-3 with a walk. His outs were two ground balls to second and a strikeout. Before the back issues surfaced, Lind was a hitting machine, hitting safely in 15 of 17 games going .388 (26-for-67) with six homers and 18 RBIs. The question upon his return was how long would it take for him to get back into a groove? That question was answered Sunday as Lind went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, including solo home runs in each of the fifth and seventh, in helping the Blue Jays to a 7-4 victory and a 2-1 series win over the birds of Baltimore. Leadoff hitter Yunel Escobar was no slouch either as he snapped a 2-2 tie in the fourth with a three-run shot to left for his seventh home run of the campaign, which is three more homers than he hit all of last year. The two homers upped Lind's total to nine while the three RBIs increased his total to 30. So, is it really as easy as riding a bike? "No, I'll say my confidence was up," he replied. "I just felt good, I felt good yesterday. It's definitely not as easy as riding a bike but I guess it's my job." Players who were hot before being injured can often press a bit upon returning and then get into a funk. Lind erased all of that by hitting the ball on the nose all four at-bats. "One of the good things was that I did play for a month (before getting hurt) so it wasn't like I hadn't played all season," he said. "It was just nice to feel good all game. I felt good today and I didn't miss my pitches — pretty basic." Count manager John Farrell among the impressed observers.
Lind back with a bang
Toronto Sun | Jun 6