Jays' Patterson streaking
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
MINNEAPOLIS - It was another strong day at the plate for left fielder Corey Patterson, who tied the game with an RBI triple in the eighth and also singled to start off the six-run 11th. On the day he was 2-for-5 to extend his hit streak to six games (9-for-28). It was also his 11th multi-hit game of the season.
Say it ain't so
These days, with Adam Lind sidelined by a bad back, Jose Bautista is the best hitter in the Jays lineup by about as far as the right fielder can belt them.
Bautista was the hitting hero of the game for his two-run homer in the 11th. The homer extended his hit streak to six games, over which time he has gone 9-for-24. He also has hit 10 bombs in his past 18 games.
The homer moved him into the home run lead in the American League with 13 and he sits second on the Jays in RBIs with 23.
But as far as hitting with runners in scoring position, Bautista is far from the head of the class. In fact with runners in scoring position and less than two out, Bautista has the worst stats on the team as he has gone 2-for-14 for a .142 average. Hard to figure.
Another day, another game in which Lind sits due to soreness in his lower back. Lind was unable to perform again Saturday, marking his sixth consecutive game of inactivity since he came out of the game May 7 due to back pain. Manager John Farrell said there is nothing new to report, that Lind still undergoes treatment and is “day-to-day.” He added that the Jays have yet to set a deadline day for Lind to decide whether to place him on the disabled list.
DH and cleanup hitter Juan Rivera whiffed four consecutive times Saturday, including in a two-out, first-and-third situation in the eighth inning after the Twins elected to intentionally walk Bautista in front of him. With the 0-for-4 day that included a walk in the 11th, Rivera has gone just 4-for-29 (.138) in his last seven games.