April 20, 2013
Blue Jays throw one away to Yankees in extra innings
Hope, patience shrinking fast for much-hyped Toronto squad
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie reacts to striking out to end the game against the Yankees at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, April 20, 2013. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

TORONTO - As this all-in season sputters along, Toronto Blue Jays fans will soon be all out.

Out of patience.

Out of hope.

The Jays dealt prospects, made headlines with high-priced additions and, at one time, were Vegas favourites to win the World Series.

Now? The way this season is unfolding? A spot at the World Series of poker table?

The Jays threw one away Saturday afternoon. Literally.


Lefty Aaron Loup, who has pitched brilliantly this season, was wild throwing a sacrifice bunt attempt to third, leading to two unearned runs and a 5-3 New York Yankees win in 11 innings before a sold-out crowd of 46,095 fans at the Rogers Centre.

The Jays play the finale against the Yankees on Sunday and then head to Baltimore and New York.

How much will the Jays draw next homestand? They have won one of six series and sit at 7-11, four games out of the second wild-card berth. A year ago they were 10-8 at this point in the season.

This one ended ugly. Loup fielded Ichiro Suzuki's bunt with none out in the 11th inning and Yankees on first and second. With his back to third, Loup did a spin-o-rama and fired.


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