Rays teammates celebrate with Luke Scott (centre) after his bases-loaded walk to score the game-winning run against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., May 9, 2013. (STEVE NESIUS/Reuters)
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - The Blue Jays rotation is either in a state of flux or in a mess — take your pick.
With Josh Johnson and J.A. Happ on the disabled list and Ricky Romero dispatched to Buffalo due to incompetence, the Jays once again have run short of pitching.
It’s not quite like the week in June last season when they lost three starters — two of them requiring Tommy John surgery — but the Jays are definitely up against it as far as finding bodies for their beat-up rotation.
In Thursday night’s finale against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Jays lost it 5-4 in the worst way imaginable as in the 10th inning, Brad Lincoln came on with two on and two out and walked both batters he faced to hand the Rays a 5-4 victory.
It was their most bitter loss of the season.
Manager John Gibbons was seething.
“You shouldn’t lose games like that, you’ve got to throw strikes,” he said. “It’s pretty simple you know. Let them hit their way to victory.
“Roberts (Ryan, the first batter Lincoln faced) is a guy we can get but we walked him. Then we had the lead and fell behind Escobar (Yunel in the seventh) and he takes us deep (for a homer that tied it 4-4). It’s frustrating. It’s a disappointing loss, it really is. We had the lead and coughed it up. They get the big win when we couldn’t throw strikes.”