The best thing R.A. Dickey had going for him Wednesday night was Aaron Loup. Good thing for the Blue Jays, too. When you glance at the final score, 8-2 for the Jays over Detroit, the last thing you’d think of as a turning point would be a relief job in the sixth, but as far as Dickey was concerned, it was the tipping point. “It doesn’t get any better,” Dickey said of the job Loup did in relieving him in the sixth. “I’ve grown accustomed to how filthy he can be on guys and so I was hopeful that we were going to get out of that with at least giving up a run. But when you get out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation against that lineup, it’s phenomenal. He did a fantastic job.” With the Jays holding a 3-2 lead thanks to Adam Lind’s two-run double in the top of the sixth, Dickey couldn’t stand the prosperity. Instead of a shut-down inning, Dickey walked the leadoff hitter, gave up a line-drive single to centre by Alex Avila and then walked Nick Castellanos to load the bases. That was it for Dickey and on came Loup. The lefty came through in grand form as he struck out pinch hitter J.D. Martinez, got Rajai Davis to pop out to catcher Josh Thole and ended the inning by inducing Ian Kinsler to pop out to Edwin Encarnacion in foul territory. It took him nine pitches to strand the three runners and put the fire out. “Loup did that incredible thing in the sixth, that was really the turning point in the game,” Dickey added. “If they get a couple of runs there the momentum changes and it’s a whole different ball game. He should get the win is how it should be.” Loup said he loves the challenge. “With bases loaded and nobody out, it’s one of those situations where you’re bound to give up at least one (runs) possibly two but you’re trying to limit the damage as much as possible,” he said. “Tonight was one of those lucky nights where you pull a rabbit out of your hat.” Is it his stuff that got him through the inning without allowing a run or guts? “I think it’s a little bit of both,” Loup replied. “You’ve got to bear down, make pitches and hope the ball rolls the right way in those situations.” Offensively, the Jays received a series of clutch hits late and the lone downer was the fact Edwin Encarnacion had to leave the game in the ninth due to lower-back pain. He said it’s no big deal and will be examined prior to Thursday’s game.
Loup saves Dickey's bacon in Blue Jays win over Tigers
Toronto Sun | Jun 5