Game 88: Blue Jays 5, Indians 4 (10 Innings)

The first rule of pitching to Bautista is to not throw him anything in the strike zone.

Josh Tomlin wasn't as polished as he usually is, and allowed three earned runs in six innings. But it was the unearned run that proved costly. In the fifth inning, with a runner on first base, Adam Lind singled to right field. Travis Buck fielded the ball, and tried to throw behind Lind in an attempt to catch him taking too big a turn. But the throw hit the Lind and went into the dugout, allowing the Jays to take a 4-3 lead.

Buck would redeem himself in the bottom of the ninth. With a runner on third and two outs, Buck fouled off several tough pitches in a 12-pitch at-bat, and finally got a pitch out over the pitch to hit. He went the other way with a fastball over the outer half of the plate, smacking a double that hit at the base of the left field wall. The Indians had new life.

But thanks to Jose Bautista, the tie game was short-lived. He led off the top of the tenth with his second home run of the evening, this one coming off closer Chris Perez, who had allowed just one home run all season. This time, Toronto's makeshift bullpen retired the Indians quietly to close out the game.

 

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via www.fangraphs.com


 


Highest WPA Lowest WPA
Buck .353 C. Perez -.327
Sizemore .114 Tomlin -.208
Smith .052 Hannahan -.174
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