Blue Jays struggling with small ball

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado pushes past Blue Jays left fielder Darin Mastroianni as...

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado pushes past Blue Jays left fielder Darin Mastroianni as he fields a bunted ball to begin a double play in the seventh inning at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday afternoon. (DAN HAMILTON/USA Today)

Mike Rutsey, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:13 PM ET

TORONTO - Want to play a little small ball?

In love with the sacrifice bunt?

In their 7-4 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday, the Blue Jays didn’t exactly shine when attempting a couple of sacrifice bunts.

Bunting is not the Jays’ forte. They have had just 15 successful sacrifice bunts all season. Hitting home runs is what the Jays are all about and the three they smoked against Milwaukee gave them 113 for the season.

The first attempt came in the seventh when with the score tied 4-4 the Jays had runners at first and second and nobody out. Darin Mastroianni, called on to pinch-hit for Adam Lind against lefty reliever Zach Duke, fouled off his first attempt then completely messed up the second.

His bunt went straight into the ground and, thinking it was foul, he didn’t move. Catcher Martin Maldonado sure did, though, jumping out from behind the plate and snatching the ball in fair territory.


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