Jays lose to O's again

Baltimore Orioles Robert Andino, left, tags Toronto Blue Jays Brett Lawrie for the out trying to...

Baltimore Orioles Robert Andino, left, tags Toronto Blue Jays Brett Lawrie for the out trying to steal second in the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto April 14, 2012. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:43 PM ET

TORONTO - It's eight games into the season and the Blue Jays are still attempting to kick start Jose Bautista's dormant bat.

One method that is guaranteed to fail is to attempt to steal home with Bautista at the plate in a clutch situation.

But that was the case for the Blue Jays Saturday afternoon as they fell 6-4 to Baltimore, their second consecutive loss at the Rogers Centre.

The player wearing the goat horns at the end of the day was not Casey Janssen, who served up a two-out, solo homer in the eighth that blew the save and tied it 4-4. Nor was it Francisco Cordero who was touched for a two-run bomb by Nolan Reimold in the ninth that supplied the margin of victory.

This day the goat was Brett Lawrie who let his aggressive approach to the game take hold of his good reason when he attempted his dash to the plate in the second inning with the bases loaded, two out and Bautista at the plate.

There were a number of individuals in Blue Jays' uniforms that were absolutely shocked by Lawrie's 'Charge of the Light Brigade,' none more so than their manager John Farrell.

He was asked what the thinking was behind the attempted steal?

"I had to ask the same question," Farrell said. "Aggressive? Yes. Probably not the best decision to make at that time, particularly with who's at the plate. We were in an extended inning with (Jason) Hammel. He (Lawrie) felt like he could steal a bag which shut down a potential big inning."

No one will know what Bautista could have produced out of the situation but of all the players in the lineup, he would be the very last to cancel out.

The time is never the right one to take the bat out of your most lethal batter's hands and that's exactly what Lawrie did no matter how noble his intentions.

Farrell spoke to Lawrie before he went back on the field with the third baseman explaining that he thought he had Jason Hammel's timing to the plate down cold. Farrell told him he was wrong and always would be in that situation.

Afterwards, Lawrie was not about to apologize.

"When he went into the full windup with the bases loaded I was timing his delivery towards home and yeah, decided to be aggressive and take off and thought that I could try and sneak one by him," Lawrie said. "He just stepped off and it was a little bit of bad luck."

It was suggested it wasn't the best idea at the time.

"I don't have any regrets about that situation but at the same time I never want to take the bat out of Jose's hands, especially in that situation with the bases loaded with one of the best hitters in the game up. I don't want to take his bat out of his hand (which is exactly what he did).

"At the same time I'm still going to continue to be aggressive, just try and be a little bit smarter next time."

When it was suggested that what he did was detrimental to his team, Lawrie wouldn't buy that either.

"At the same time, it's just the way I play the game," he said. "I thought it was a point in the game where I could help my teammates out and it ended up working against me. I've got to learn from it and move to the next time."

The manner in which Lawrie plays the game is a double-edged sword. He is balls to the wall at all times and plays with a recklessness that is both ferocious and uplifting.

But on this day, on this play, it was simply the wrong call to make.

"He has the green light but the awareness to the situation has got to be a little bit more acute," Farrell said.

The question is, just how do you cut back on the throttle with him? The answer is you can't.

"I think that's just some youthful exuberance," Farrell mused about Lawrie's day.

With Lawrie what you see is what you get, both the good and every so often, the bad.

The Jays are more than prepared to live with what he brings.


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