Silent bats, poor defence doom Blue Jays

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons takes the ball from starting pitcher Marcus Stroman during MLB...

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons takes the ball from starting pitcher Marcus Stroman during MLB action against the Rays in Toronto on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:30 PM ET

TORONTO - There was a moment in the middle of Friday night’s blowout 8-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays that spoke volumes about just where the Blue Jays are as a team.

We take you to the top of the fourth inning, with the Rays leading 1-0. With two outs, Wil Myers is on third base, after a walk, a stolen base and a wild pitch. Kevin Kermaier is at the plate. With consecutive strikeouts of Yunel Escobar and Curt Casali, Marcus Stroman is trying to get out of the inning without damage.

Not so fast, Marcus. Kermaier grounds an RBI base hit into centre field and Myers trots home. But Kermaier isn’t trotting. He is running flat out with no intention of stopping at first base. Centre fielder Colby Rasmus lopes in casually after the ball without a hint of urgency and only after he finally looks up and sees Kermaier already approaching second does he clue in. Kermaier beats the throw easily.

In the end, Stroman got out of the jam and Rasmusís nonchalence didnít cost the Jays anything, except maybe a little self respect but it was unacceptable on a team that still fancies itself a playoff contender and might be symptomatic of a few other defensive shortcomings that plagued them all night long.


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