Our winning streak stops at four. I don’t know about you, but I miss the earlier days of the season when all we had to do to win was basically just show up. Now it just seems like winning doesn’t come as easily, like we’re kind of uncomfortable. We can’t put together a lengthy winning streak of note, and it’s harder to chalk our losses up to the nature of the game. It’s true that you can’t necessarily win them all, but it’s also true that you shouldn’t have to lose just because the rotation or the bullpen or the hitters failed in some way. And of course it never helps when fielding is involved.
Doubront gave up a walk and then an RBI single in the first, and he gave up a solo shot to lead off the sixth. Wilson replaced him one walk and one flyout into the seventh. Wilson took care of the rest of the seventh just fine.
So as you can see, Doubront was not the problem. He gave up two runs on five hits over the course of six and one-third innings. He walked three, struck out six, and did just fine. He looked fairly comfortable, and he put us in a position to win.
Unfortunately, we scored as many runs as Doubront gave up: two. Both of which we scored in the seventh. The Jays had made a pitching change. Salty and Iglesias hit back-to-back singles. Salty moved to third on a throwing error but was out at home on a fielder’s choice by Jonathan Diaz. The Jays made another pitching change and Ellsbury singled to load the bases. And then Victorino singled in both Iglesias and Diaz.
Admittedly, that is not the strongest response that one would hope for in a bases-loaded situation. But thanks to both Doubront and Wilson, that modest response ended up tying the game at two.
So the fact that we lost can’t be pinned on the offense alone. It would have been nice to score more runs, obviously. But is it not the job of the relief corps to be able to handle these kinds of situations?
Tazawa gave up a single followed by a two-run home run in the eighth. And Breslow gave up a single that turned into a run on another single in the ninth, followed by a run that scored on a fielding error.
And so we ended up losing, 6-2. The relief corps let the Jays get back on top, and we didn’t counter with any damage.