Cecil Blows Save but Lawrie Saves the Day

Last night, the Toronto Blue Jays beat the visiting Boston Red Sox 4-3 in the 10th Inning on a base hit by Brett Lawrie.

Esmil Rogers started for the Blue Jays last night, on his 28th birthday, against the Red Sox’s Jon Lester.  Rogers pitched a great six innings, giving up only one run on five hits, one walk, and 6 strikeouts.  Lester pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Rajai Davis opened the scoring in the second inning.  He hit a routine ground ball towards the pitcher’s mound.  Lester fielded the ball but his throw to first was off the mark and it went passed Mike Napoli at first base.  Davis kept running and slit into third base.  Shane Victorino picked up the ball was throwing it to third as Davis was sliding and the ball hit Davis and rolled into foul territory allowing Davis to get up and run home to make it a 1-0 game.  The play went down as an infield single for Davis, and throwing errors to Lester and Victorino.

The Blue Jays would go on to take a 3-1 lead, before the Blue Jays handed the ball over to Cecil for the 9th inning.  He walked Jonny Gomes then struck out Stephen Drew for the second out of the inning.  Then Mike Napoli stepped up and hit two run homerun to tie the game.  After Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled, Will Middlesbrooks was hit by a pitch, and Jacoby Ellsbury hit an infield single to load the bases Jays manager John Gibbons finally took Cecil out of the game for Bard Lincoln.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Davis opened the inning with a double before José Bautista grounded out moving Davis to third.  Edwin Encarnación was intentionally walked and promptly stole second.  Then Lawrie stepped up to the plate and hit the ball to Drew at shortstop who could not hold on to the ball, thus allowing the Blue Jays to win the ballgame.

While this was a great walk off ballgame for the Jays, it showed a problem: Brett Cecil is not a closer.  While Casey Janssen had worked three times in the last four nights, as the closer he should have been expected to come into the game to close the game or else the Jays need to look for a better backup closer.

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