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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.

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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.

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