So it’s a poker face that he presents even though the five RBIs tied his career high.
“Again, it’s one day at a time, really just trying to focus on each day’s task and continue to build with the routine that I started down in triple-A and just staying consistent with my work and allowing things to take their course on the field,” Snider said.
The day before, the 14-inning 6-5 victory, Snider had a rough night going 0-for-6 with four strikeouts. So coming back in such grand fashion the next game was affirmation that what he had achieved in Vegas can carry through at the major league level.
“As you go through your struggles you learn from them,” Snider said. “I’m continuing to learn from my mistakes and keeping the right mindset day in and day out and allowing your ability to take over is most important.
“It’s understanding what I’m trying to accomplish every day and when at-bats don’t go as well as planned, being able to recognize some things that just need to be polished and trust what I’m working on.”
So far it’s working just fine and if it continues, who knows, a smile may just break out.
The beneficiary of Snider’s production was Brandon Morrow, the Mariners first-round pick in 2006 who was traded to the Jays in December of 2009.
Oddly enough, Wednesday’s game marked the first that the right-hander has had against his old team.
Morrow survived a bases-loaded jam in the first and went on to last seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits for the win to move to 7-4. He is 5-0 with a 2.85 ERA over his past seven starts.
“I was a little jacked up in the first inning and just settled in and had a pretty good game from then on,” Morrow said.
Although it was his first one against the Mariners, he said it wasn’t a big deal to finally face them.
“Not as much as I thought I would” Morrow said. “Last year I think it would have been a little bigger deal but there’s really not too many guys (left) that I played with, just a handful, and nobody in the lineup other than Ichiro and (Franklin) Gutierrez that I played with.”
The loss for the terrible Mariners was their 11th in a row and Thursday afternoon they get to go up against Ricky Romero as the Jays look for the sweep.
The Mariners then pack their bags and head on to Boston for three games followed by three more in the Bronx against the Yankees.
They may never win another game.
IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT ...
The image of Canadians being rough, tough Canucks will take a hit Thursday afternoon when the Blue Jays decided they wouldn’t open the lid at Rogers Centre due to the high temperatures that are forecast. Somewhere, Don Cherry is grinding his molars.
The forecast for Thursday is a high of 38 C and apparently it’s too much to ask the folks in attendance to sit in the sun for three hours when they can wear a hat for shade and guzzle all the liquids that their hearts desire.
Farrell, though, will be happy with the decision as he was advocating for a roof closure of the afternoon game prior to Wednesday night’s contest that was played in a comfortable opening-pitch temperature of 29 degrees.
“If it’s like this right now I think we’d be better served by having this closed,” Farrell said. “I’d rather have it closed. They’re talking about heat indexes of 110 or above and on this turf in the middle of the day.”
So Farrell gets his wish and the Jays are cloaking the decision by saying it’s for the sake of the fans.
Following Thursday’s game the Jays will fly to Arlington, Tex., for a three-game series over the weekend. Currently it’s about a thousand degrees in the Dallas area.
No roof there. Maybe the Jays will pull a boycott.
Farrell went on to say that when it really smokes in Texas the Rangers have their pitchers take an IV before they make their start to make sure they have enough fluid in their system.
Smart guys those Rangers, who are 31-18 at home.
In the second inning with one out and Aaron Hill at the plate, Edwin Encarnacion motored into second with his third stolen base of the campaign. One out later, he stole third. Encarnacion is not the swiftest runner and the four thefts are the most he has rung up in a season since he stole a career high eight bases in 2007 when playing for Cincinnati. Since then, he had never stolen more than one base until this season ... Brandon Morrow didn’t allow a run in the first but it took him 26 pitches before retiring the side. That high pitch count — 42 after the second — limited him to seven innings.