Bonifacio's boot helps Tigers roll over Jays

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (right) holds Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter back as Toronto...

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (right) holds Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter back as Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (left) protects pitcher Todd Redmond during MLB action in Toronto July 3, 2013. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:46 AM ET

The pre-game topic with manager John Gibbons surrounded Josh Johnson and why he wasn't more successful.

The same questions should have been asked about Emilio Bonifacio.

In Wednesday's game against the Detroit Tigers, a bad error by Bonifacio opened the door for Detroit in the second inning and Johnson couldn't close it.

The result was a sloppy 6-2 loss, their second in a row, which dropped the Jays two games under .500 at 41-43.

"You never know how the game turns out. We turn the double play -- it's a tailor-made double play -- you really never know how things shape up, and then it kind of unravelled on us like that," Gibbons said of Bonifacio's error that led to four unearned runs in the second inning. "We definitely didn't help ourselves there. Against the better pitchers, you fall behind like that, it's an uphill battle."

Bonifacio, part of the package that arrived in the big off-season trade with the Miami Marlins, was advertised as a super utility player, one who could play both the infield (specifically second base) and the outfield.

He was a speed merchant who could hit for average -- in 2011 in 152 games with the Marlins he hit .296 with 40 stolen bases -- and terrorize teams on the bases.

That particular player has yet to show up with the Jays.


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