Davis in a rut
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
|Rajai Davis of the Toronto Blue Jays stands on the field after grounding into a double play during the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images/AFP)
TORONTO - Jays left fielder Rajai Davis is in the midst of a losing struggle at the plate. In Saturday’s victory over the Indians, Davis went 0-for-4 to run his hitless streak to 0-for-23, which ties his career mark. Davis also went through an 0-for-23 draught last season.
It’s pretty much been a hot-and-cold type of season for Davis, who leads the team in stolen bases and is second in the league in that department with 23.
From June 13-29, a stretch of 15 games, Davis collected hits in 12 of the games going a collective 19-for-54 (.352).
However, since June 30, over a stretch of 11 games, Davis has gone 4-for-39 for a .103 average.
BIG LEAGUE DEBUT
Rookie lefty Aaron Loup, who was called up from double-A New Hampshire on Friday, made his Major League debut in the sixth.
A ninth-round pick in the 2009 draft, Loup retired the side in order on 11 pitches, eight of them strikes. All three were ground ball outs.
Loup came back in the seventh and had a second 1-2-3 inning hitting a consistent 92 on the gun. He needed 10 pitches.
Who knew it would be this easy?
OUT OF SIGHT
One of the more interesting plays from Friday’s game occurred in the seventh inning with reliever Jason Frasor on the mound. With two out and a runner on third in the 1-0 game, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a mile high infield pop up out towards the front of the mound. The problem for Frasor was that no infielder broke in for the ball, leaving him to stare up into the sky. At the last second, Edwin Encarnacion came in from first to arrive just in time to make the catch. When Encarnacion squeezed the ball, Frasor bent over and placed both hands on his knees in a major sigh of relief.
Frasor said Saturday that the ball got lost in the gloam of the night and nobody could initially pick it up.
“I didn’t see it. No one saw it,” Frasor said. “I saw it go up in the air, but the sky was a strange colour (and he lost it). When I got back in the dugout I found out that (Brett) Lawrie never saw it, J.P. (Arencibia) didn’t see it behind the plate, (Yunel) Escobar never saw it and Kelly Johnson never saw it. I don’t think Edwin saw it at first either but he had an idea of where it was so he just came running in and at the last second he saw it.”
Frasor said it was a horrible feeling and that’s why he was so relieved when Encarnacion made the catch.
“There was a runner on third, man,” he said. “It’s not a good feeling. It seemed like the ball was in the air a couple of minutes.”