July 7, 2012
Encarnacion going wild on the bases
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - In the fourth inning with two out Edwin Encarnacion was walked by Gavin Floyd which brought Adam Lind to the plate.
Encarnacion didn’t hang around first for long as he took off for second and slid in ahead of the tag.
It was his ninth stolen base of the season which marked a career high. Encarnacion is also third on the team in stolen bases and has been thrown out just twice.
Following their 4-2 loss to Chicago on Friday, Jays manager John Farrell said that it marked the first time that “fatigue” played a factor.
Farrell was referring to mental mistakes the Jays made, the biggest one being a rockhead decision by left fielder Rajai Davis to throw home instead of second in the fifth inning.
Davis had no shot at throwing out the speedy Dayan Viciedo who raced from second to home and overshot catcher J.P. Arencibia by 10 feet. The result moved Alexei Ramirez (who singled) around to third. The White Sox would go on to score three runs in the inning, one of them unearned.
Edwin Encarnacion also made a base running mistake in the sixth when he was doubled off first after Yunel Escobar’s line drive to second was caught.
“I think there were some things yesterday that are basic fundamentals of the game that we didn’t help ourself with,” Farrell said. “There’s a certain expectation (of making the correct plays) that all have shown routinely before.
"When some of those situations arise the first thing that can be missing sometimes is the focus and concentration on a consistent basis.”
Beginning Monday, the Jays like every team this season will enjoy a four-day break thanks to the mid-season Classic.
They won’t return to action until opening a three-game series at home against Cleveland on Friday, July 13.
With a four-day break Farrell had the option of switching up his rotation and that is what he did. Currently the Jays rotation is Ricky Romero, Brett Cecil, Carlos Villanueva, Henderson Alvarez, Aaron Laffey. Following the break Farrell said he will start out with Romero followed by Laffey, Villanueva, Alvarez and Cecil in the five hole. He will then make adjustments accordingly.
“I’ll probably build in a couple of more (days of rest) for Henderson just given what he’s come through in his first full year in the Major Leagues,” Farrell said. “He’s on a pace to throw 200 innings. And you also look at who we’re coming out of the gate against. Cleveland is a predominantly left-handed hitting lineup.”