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July 24, 2013

What You Need to Know

Another Bad Night for the Blue Jays

by Daniel Rathman


The Tuesday Takeaway
Ben Lindbergh wrote on Monday that while “Toronto is still disappointing … the Dodgers are on their way to being about as good as expected.” Never was that more evident than in the middle match between those teams on Tuesday night.

The Blue Jays jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, on an RBI double by Jose Reyes and a run-scoring single by Jose Bautista. The Dodgers charged back in the top of the third, on an RBI double by Andre Ethier and a run-scoring single by Mark Ellis. But the Blue Jays countered those equalizers with two more runs, on a homer by Mark DeRosa and a sacrifice fly by Brett Lawrie, in the ensuing half-inning.

It was all Toronto from there—or so it seemed, when the Jays tacked on one more in the fifth and responded to Jerry Hairston’s solo shot by plating three insurance tallies in the bottom of the sixth.

Brett Lawrie notched his first multi-hit game since May 27. The Blue Jays sent Chris Capuano off with five runs on his line after just 4 1/3 innings. They chased mop-up man Carlos Marmol five outs into his Dodgers debut, saddling him with four hits and three runs, two of which came on a Reyes homer. But the home club’s 8-3 lead would go the way of its 2-0 and 4-2 advantages earlier in the game.

Brett Cecil took over for Todd Redmond with two away in the top of the sixth and stranded Tim Federowicz in scoring position by fanning Nick Punto. In the top of the seventh, however, Cecil—who had been dominant over his first three months of relief duty—continued a recent string of meltdowns. Yasiel Puig singled. Adrian Gonzalez singled. Both of them advanced on a wild pitch. Hanley Ramirez walked. Andre Ethier walked, bringing Puig across home plate. And Mark Ellis singled to send home Gonzalez and Ramirez. Cecil then worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam, but 8-3 became 8-6, and that was only the beginning.

On came Darren Oliver, with John Gibbons eyeing the slew of left-handed hitters due to bat for the visitors. Carl Crawford singled. Puig walked. And Adrian Gonzalez brought both of them around with a three-run blast that put the Dodgers ahead, 9-8. Then, Andre Ethier delivered what proved to be a critical insurance run by taking Oliver deep two batters later. It was Ethier’s first home run off a left-handed pitcher since April 5, when he did yardwork against Jonathan Sanchez, who subsequently lost his job with the Pirates and is now pitching for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque.

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