Blue Jays can't dog the dog days of August

Jose Reyes of the Toronto Blue Jays is tagged out my Marwin Gonzalez of the Houston Astros as he...

Jose Reyes of the Toronto Blue Jays is tagged out my Marwin Gonzalez of the Houston Astros as he tried to stretch a single in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on August 3, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:10 PM ET

The dog days of August have not been kind to the Blue Jays.

Three days into the pivotal month, the Jays are 0-3 having been burned three straight by the Houston Astros.

After Monday’s off day, the real test begins as the go mano a mano against the division-leading Baltimore Orioles the next three days. They open the series 3.5 games in arrears and winning the series is imperative, not only to gain back some lost ground, but to make a statement that yes, indeed, they are in it.

The defeats in Houston’s quirky Minute Maid Park all had the same script. The Jays would take an early lead, let a bunch of scoring opportunities sail by then give it all back to the pesky Astros.

Simply put, they stopped hitting and especially stopped scoring.

In the three losses, the Jays scored a collective four runs and registered 20 hits but just three of them were of the extra-base variety. None of them ended up in the seats.


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