Jays needs to find ways to produce runs other than the long ball

Yankees batter Robinson Cano watches the ball sail after he hit a three-run home run in front of...

Yankees batter Robinson Cano watches the ball sail after he hit a three-run home run in front of Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia during at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. (REUTERS)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:19 AM ET

For the Jays it’s either feast or famine.

They live by the homer. They hit four in a win against the Orioles on Wednesday. They opened a 3-1 lead on homers by Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie Thursday in the series opener against New York.

But this is becoming a one-trick pony: It wasn’t enough in what became a 5-3 loss Thursday. And it won’t be enough if they intend to challenge for the AL East pennant.

After the second inning Thursday, the Jays managed just one infield single.

Two incidents Thursday illustrated what has been missing from their game. Spotty defence and, secondly, an inability to manufacture runs.

The latter began with an interesting move at the top of the batting order with John Gibbons moving Munenori Kawasaki into the two slot behind leadoff hitter Rajai Davis.

Kawasaki came into the game batting .233, which isn’t scaring anyone.


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