In an effort to snap his team out of their current doldrums, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell had three of his main cogs take the day off. Sitting on the bench for the Saturday matinee against the Los Angeles Angels and not having to face right-hander Jered Weaver — lucky them — were Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus and Aaron Hill. All three players have been slumping badly at the plate as of late and the feeling was a day off may prove to be reinvigorating what with the Dog Days of August and all. We'll have to wait and see how the rested players bounce back. Meanwhile, the remaining troops performed beyond the call of duty as they hung an 11-2 thumping on the Angels and the 'ace' of their staff. Leading the charge was the slumping Adam Lind who awoke in the fifth inning when, with the bags full, he drilled a 2-0 pitch over the fence in right for his second grand slam of the season. It was his 20th homer of the summer and 100th of his major league career. One batter later, Mark Teahen, making his first start with the Jays and playing right field in place of Bautista, banged one over the same fence for his first homer in a Toronto uniform. It was the third home run of the game for the Jays as Edwin Encarnacion slammed a two-run shot in the opening inning to set the tone at the Rogers Centre. Lind would add a sac fly, giving him five RBIs on the day. He came into the game with just eight hits in his last 56 at-bats for a .143 average. In his past few games, though, his good stroke has reappeared and he has been seeing the ball much better. "Yeah, I feel definitely better than I did like the whole month of July," Lind said. "I think that's just how it goes in baseball, things like that happen. You have to keep battling and one day it just clicks and you start to figure it out." It's one thing to feel your stroke coming back but there's nothing like a long bomb to confirm it.
Lind powers Blue Jays past Angels
Toronto Sun | Aug 14