The Blue Jays won their 10th straight while the Sox lost their 5th after Russell Martin’s 11th inning solo blaster, giving Toronto the 5-4 lead. The Blue Jays scored first, right off the bat in the 2nd inning. Encarnacion, Colabello and Martin singled back to back to back to load the bases. Smoak struck out looking, put Kevin Pillar drove in a run and kept the bases loaded on an RBI single. Then Goins drove in another two runs with his base hit, and all of a sudden it was 3-0 Blue Jays.
They struck again in the top of the 4th. There were two outs. Pillar and Goins singled. 1st and 2nd. Then Jose Reyes singled and Pillar scored, just like that 4-3 Toronto, all with two outs, and Buchholz ready to strike out the side after striking out two. In the bottom of the 4th, the Red Sox rallied. It was 1st and 2nd, R. A. Dickey walked Big Papi and Ramirez got a base hit before it, and he now stood at second base. Bogaerts singled to drive in Ramirez. 1st and 3rd, only one out. Then Pablo Sandoval singled, and both Ortiz and Bogaerts crossed the plate. 4-3 Blue Jays.
Big Papi hit a leadoff solo shot into deep right field to tie the game in the 6th inning. From there it was pretty quiet. Toronto got stranded with bases loaded in the 7th and got no other hits. The Sox were held to two hits.
4-4, top of the 11th. Russell Martin leading off the inning. Strike one. Strike two. Then, WHAM!!!! Martin crushed the ball in to center field and it was gone. 5-4 Blue Jays. The Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox in their 5th straight loss. The lineup has been no problem, but Napoli has not been hot since June tipped off. Maybe trade Napoli for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Bring Holt or Hanley to first, and call up JBJ. I don’t exactly like the idea of it though. Napoli is still a decent firstbaseman and we could use his help. Besides, Iif the lineup is good, don’t make any major changes to it. I’m starting to gain a liking for this lineup: Pedroia 2B, Betts/Holt CF/RF, Ramirez LF, Ortiz DH, Napoli 1B, Sandoval 3B, Bogaerts SS, Swihart C, Castillo RF/CF, except for the wacky ending.
Maybe it’s time to give Henry Owens a try, or try Justin Masterson again. Joe Kelly is not worth keeping as a starter after what he did yesterday. Trading Lackey for Kelly and Craig was a horrible deal. Lackey’s a decent Cardinals starting pitcher. Craig and Kelly have stunk this year. It’s time to try something different, that’s all I know. Be on the lookout for my post on today’s 1:30 game. The Red Sox conclude the series against the Blue Jays. Minus will just start calling them the Dead Sox, if they can’t meet their expectations or even come close. They play the Braves who they’ve swept the last two times, including the dreadful 2014 season series. Being just as bad this year, and Atlanta rebuilding, can they pull it of again? I can’t be sure even if they’ll win at all for a while.