Walkoffs are awesome. That is a fact. I am a fan of the walkoff, but I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen one like this. I would not want to be on the receiving end of one of these. No, I would not. For the Jays, there is no question that this was absolutely and completely humiliating. It was completely avoidable, and yet it happened anyway and, in retrospect of course, there was nothing they could do about it. It happens sometimes; that’s the nature of the game. But I would not want to be Toronto right now.
Napoli and Nava led off the second with back-to-back singles. Napoli scored on a double by Lavarnway, and he and Nava both scored on a double by Brandon Snyder.
In the fourth, Dempster gave up three singles, a walk, and a groundout that resulted in two runs scoring.
Ellsbury singled and scored on a double by Gomes in the fifth.
Breslow came on for Dempster with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth but got through it. He gave up a solo shot to lead off the seventh; Wilson and Miller both pitched that inning. Uehara came on in the ninth and gave up a solo shot that tied the game at four.
The Jays made a pitching change for the bottom of the ninth. Iglesias grounded out, and then Snyder singled and Ellsbury walked. Jonathan Diaz came in to pinch-run for Snyder, and the Jays made another pitching change.
I don’t know about you, but I was getting ready to settle in for a long night. It just felt like one of those times when it was pretty unlikely for any late-inning heroics.
And, in fact, I was right. There weren’t any. There was just a late-inning mistake.
Adam Lind was out with a back injury, so Josh Thole, a catcher, had to step in at first. Victorino stepped up to the plate and hit a ground ball. But since the Jays’ first baseman was unused to playing first, the ball went off his glove, and Diaz scored from second base.
And so it was a 5-4 walkoff. No heroics. Just paying attention with the opposition made mistakes.