Reyes, Bonifacio brings loads of speed to Jays

Blue Jays' Emilio Bonifacio holds up two fingers after stretching a single into a double in the...

Blue Jays' Emilio Bonifacio holds up two fingers after stretching a single into a double in the bottom of the sixth inning of last night's game at the Rogers Centre. Homers carried the night, but the speed of Bonifacio and Jose Reyes also helped. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:49 AM ET

Three games into the season, the Blue Jays finally stole their first base of the season on Thursday night at the Rogers Centre.

Jose Reyes, to the surprise of no one, did the honours in the fifth inning with the Jays and the Cleveland Indians locked in a 3-3 tie. What is surprising is that the three-time National League thefts leader waited so long to swipe his first as a Jay.

The steal came on the 11th pitch he saw while standing on first base in this three-game series.

The best example of the new speed in the Jays’ lineup this season came in the sixth inning when Emilio Bonifacio turned a routine single to centre fielder Michael Bourn into a double — despite stumbling coming out of the batter’s box.

“I saw the single to centre, looked down and next thing I knew he was sliding into second,” said Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow, the losing pitcher on Wednesday night. “I blinked.”

 


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