Jays Watch: Lind walks off into elite company
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - The walk-off home run struck by Adam Lind in the 11th inning Tuesday was the third of his career, which places him in a tie for the franchise lead with Jesse Barfield, George Bell, Joe Carter, Carlos Delgado, and Vernon Wells.
Lind’s blast marked the sixth walk-off victory by the Jays this season, with four of the games ending on home runs — a club record. The other players to hit a walk-off homer for the Jays this season are Corey Patterson, Yunel Escobar and John McDonald.
McDonald is expected to return to the Jays on Friday when the club opens a 10-day road trip that begins with three games in Cincinnati.
McDonald, the utility infielder and fan favourite who was placed on the disabled list May 28 with a right hamstring strain, was scheduled to play seven innings with the Dunedin Blue Jays on Wednesday followed by nine innings on Thursday. “He should be ready to go by the time this road trip starts,” manager John Farrell said Wednesday.
Leaving the zone
Heading into play Wednesday, Jays slugger Jose Bautista has been swinging outside the locked-in zone he had earlier in the season. Now, he’s chasing some pitches. Farrell was asked if he thinks it’s a sign of frustration over the fact that he often gets pitched around?
“No, I wouldn’t say it’s from frustration,” Farrell said. “The one thing that Jose is very clear on is that when he’s gotten loaded with the proper swing mechanics it allows him to get ready earlier, which enables him to see the ball earlier in the flight to home plate. When he’s a little bit late, he doesn’t have the same clarity and I think that’s why we’re seeing some of the swings that you’re referring to.”
In his past 10 games before Wednesday, Bautista is hitting .219 (7-for-32) with one home run, two RBIs and 12 walks.