August 23, 2012
Jays swept by Tigers
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
DETROIT - As a youngster my father took me to see Eddie “The King” Feigner and His Court at Megaffin Stadium one night.
Feigner didn’t have a regular, nine-man lineup for support.
After watching what’s left of the Toronto Blue Jays for three games at Comerica Park the memories of that mid-summer night in the 1960s came flooding back and we have one observation after watching Thursday’s 3-2, 11-inning loss to complete a Detroit Tigers sweep of the three-game sweep ...
“King” Edwin Encarnacion takes his court to Baltimore next.
The Jays managed seven runs in 29 innings with Encarnacion knocking in four runs, including a two-run homer off Justin Verlander in the fourth inning.
The Jays have now lost five straight and 13 of their past 16.
“Everyone knows we’ve battled, we knew coming in we were facing three tough pitchers in Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez and Verlander,” said Blue Jays manager John Farrell. “We knew it would not be easy.”
It was far from easy.
Take away Encarnacion’s .308 (4-for-13, four RBIs) stay in Detroit and the Jays hit .198 while the team hit .105 (2-for-19) with runners in scoring position.
The Jays lineup on Thursday had three players remaining from their opening day lineup in Cleveland: Kelly Johnson, Colby Rasmus and Encarnacion.
Should Moises Sierra, Adeiny Hechavarria, Anthony Gose and Omar Vizquel be expected to take Verlander downtown ... without the aid of a car service?
Making his first start against the Jays since his 2011 no hitter at the Rogers Centre, Verlander struck out everyone in the Jays starting lineup at least once, getting Jeff Mathis and Gose twice each.
Alex Avila’s bloop single to right, after pinch runner Quintin Berry had stolen second, tagged Chad Jenkins, the fifth Jays reliever with the loss.
King Edwin now takes his court to Baltimore for a weekend series where he’ll be joined by Jose Bautista who will be activated from the disabled list (wrist) Friday. -
Great one speaks: Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully once said of J.A. Happ: “He towers above the rubber like The Colossus of Rhodes.” Scully was watching Happ warm up for the Philadelphia Phillies against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2009 National League Championship Series. Then, as the count reached 3-2 on Andre Either with the bases loaded Scully quoted a lyric from the musical Oklahoma: “They gone about as far as they can go.” ... Said Happ: “I remember that, I walked Either on about seven pitches to force in a run.” On this day, the Jays’ 6-foot-6 colossus, outpitched the colossus of Michigan. Happ worked 7 1/3 innings giving up four singles and three walks, being charged with one run, which scored while he was watching from the dugout. Happ struck seven ... Verlander pitched nine innings allowing three singles and a two-run homer to Encarnacion, a 1-2 curve ball, after Rasmus had opened the fourth with a single to right. For Encarnacion it was his 33rd homer. Happ took a shutout bid into the eighth leaving after his 106th pitch, ball four to Avila “I’m back to normal rest now,” said Happ who worked out of the bullpen after being acquired from the last-place Houston Astros. -
In Game: Before Avila’s game winner, Jeff Baker bounced to Vizquel at third, who threw to Johnson, but Baker beat the throw to first on a bang-bang play. Then Berry stole his 17th base ... When Happ departed the Jays were Happ-less. Reliever Brandon Lyon had followed Happ to the mound retiring a man and allowing a single. The Tigers scored on back-to-back pitches from lefty Darren Oliver. Inheriting a 2-0 lead Oliver saw pinch hitter Brennan Boesch bounce a single up the middle on the first pitch scoring Avila and chasing Austin Jackson to third. Oliver’s next pitch a fastball went to the backstop with Jackson scoring ... Rasmus broke an 0-for-26 slump when he singled in the fourth. He had two walks and a single in his first three trips, before striking out in his final two at-bats. In all, Jays hitters fanned 13 times managing five hits. “We’re struggling to put a quality offense together night in and night out, he’s a guy that has been productive, we’re going to continue to keep him in the lineup.” ... Gose made a diving grab in the first, Rajai Davis made fine running catch in left in the third and Johnson ranged far to his right in the ninth ... Neither team had a runner in scoring position until Davis followed Hechavarria’s single with one of his own with one out in the eighth.