ARLINGTON, TEX. - In the blink of an eye Omar Vizquel went from being the game hero to part of a beaten team.
Vizquel, 45, has played sparingly this season but Sunday he was making the start at second for Kelly Johnson.
Vizquel came into the game with just two hits in 22 at-bats but responded by going 3-for-6 including an RBI single in the 13th with two out that gave the Jays a momentary 6-5 lead. He later came around to score the Jays seventh run on an error by right fielder Nelson Cruz.
Vizquel’s single in the 13th came on a 3-2 pitch after he fouled three consecutive pitches.
“I was fouling off some good pitches, some cutters down at my foot and he finally left one in the strike zone that I could handle a little bit,” Vizquel said. “I hit it well.”
Like his teammates, Vizquel went from a high to a low in the time it took for Josh Hamilton to swing his bat.
“This team (Texas), I think the experience you get going to World Series and playing the big games help you out during the season,” he said. “They give you a lot of confidence and make you feel like you own the stage, that moment. Every one of those guys have been there in the last couple of years and it seems like they carry their confidence in every at-bat.”