Just when I think the Jays couldn’t infuriate me any more, they go and do something like this…and completely prove me wrong! A night after Kevin Gregg’s walkathon, Shaun Marcum, Jason Frasor and the ever-reliable Scott Downs combined to turn a 2-1 ninth inning lead into a mind-numbing 7-3 loss. I know Festivus doesn’t roll in for another six months, but I’m getting ever-so-close to airing some serious grievances.
To Marcum’s credit, he was his usual solid self until running into some trouble in the ninth. After giving up singles to Sean Rodriguez and Ben Zobrist to start it, he got John Jaso to ground into a fielder’s choice before Dioner Navarro delivered a Lyle Overbay-aided successful squeeze, tying things at two apiece. Reid Brignac followed with a go-ahead double, Frasor came in and walked B.J. Upton and Carl Crawford touched Downs for a grand slam. End scene.
The Jays missed a handful of scoring opportunities with a few costly double plays balls and some strong Tampa Bay defense — despite three errors that left both Toronto runs unearned, David Price was picked up by a couple fine catches by Crawford and Upton and a pair of tough double play grounders handled by a desperate Evan Longoria.
In the end, a nightmarish wrap to a series the Jays should’ve swept, and not exactly the shape they want to leave themselves in with the Yankees rolling into town on Friday. It’ll be interesting right from the get-go, too, with King A.J. of Doucheville (6-2, 3.28) in to start in the opener against Brett Cecil (5-2, 3.81). Here’s a reminder (and also a pick-me-up, for myself at least), by the way, of Burnett’s return to Toronto last season. That’s gotta hurt, kind of like a pie in the face.