Last Saturday, Alex Rios was a hero. Now, five days and an 0-for-39-or so slump later, he’s back to being plain old Alex Rios. This afternoon, that meant 0-for-5 with a Golden Sombrero-plus, or in other words, five strikeouts. Is there a bigger waste of talent in all of baseball?
Rios wasn’t the only story in Toronto’s 6-5 loss today — After looking like it was heading down the same road as last night, the game actually got close late and the Jays should’ve come out with a win. Bases loaded, nobody out scenarios in the seventh and eight innings each only produced a run and Jose Bautista also left a pair stranded to end the game (Speaking of which, wouldn’t Vernon Wells have been better utilized as a pinch hitter as opposed to a runner? Oh wait, we don’t pinch hit on this team). That, after they’d tied it an inning prior and watched Brandon League cough up the winner in the top of the ninth.
A couple positives for Toronto — Adam Lind went 5-for-5 with three doubles, giving him eight hits and five doubles the past two days, and Lyle Overbay continued his recent hot streak with a pair of hits and three RBIs. In the end, though, a second consecutive loss and another game back in the AL East standings, as New York and Boston both came away with wins this afternoon.