Jays' third inning: What were they thinking?

Brett Lawrie tags out Royals' Jarrod Dyson during a third-inning rundown Sunday at the Rogers...

Brett Lawrie tags out Royals' Jarrod Dyson during a third-inning rundown Sunday at the Rogers Centre. Dyson, however, was ruled safe when it was rules Jose Reyes bumped into him. (Getty Images)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:08 PM ET

Fundamentally speaking, the third inning Sunday against the Royals would rank among the worst displays the Blue Jays have had this season.

Had it been intrasquad or instructional league, say, 15 years ago at the minor league complex in Dunedin, play would have been stopped. Immediately.

We would hear Bobby Mattick, who taught the young Jays how to play at the major-league level: “HOLD IT! HOLD IT!”

Jose Reyes, who made an outstanding play throwing out catcher Salvador Perez an inning earlier, charged an Alcides Escobar grounder with Jarrod Dyson running off second.

Reyes made the short throw to third and Brett Lawrie rather than firing across the diamond.

Now, Dyson was in the middle, between Lawrie, with the ball and Reyes expecting the ball.

As Lawrie chased a back-pedalling Dyson, Dyson brushed Reyes. Lawrie tagged Dyson and fired to first almost getting Escobar.


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