Kawasaki wakes everyone up with a 3-run drive in the 9th inning
BY Jeff Schneberk
It came down to the final out in the bottom of the 9th inning but Casey Janssen finally got the job done after taking care of the first 2 outs quickly.
Michael Bourn got it started with 2 outs already, singled, as did Asdrubal Cabrera and then Jason Kipnis did that same and that spelled great big trouble for Janssen who wound up giving up 2 runs and Munenori Kawasaki messed up with an overthrow to Edwin Encarnacion at first base that would have ended the game.
Janssen would go on to record the game’s final out but this one got way too close for comfort for Jays fans, especially the small section that clearly made the trip to Progressive Field in Cleveland tonight to watch their Jays slide away with a 5-4 win.
The victory improves Toronto’s record to 44-46.and is just their 2nd win in 5 tries vs Cleveland this season.
In the top of the 9th, with the score deadlocked at 2-2 and 1 out, Colby Rasmus walked and JP Arencibia singled to deep left field to put 2 on base. With the bases loaded for Munenori Kawasaki who delivered the big blow for the Jays, scoring 3 runs to put the visitors up 5-2.
The play was partially the result of a mis-play in the outfield when Bourn mishandled the ball off the Kawasaki hit, then threw to Bourn whose throw to the plate missed by 5 feet, allowing the 3rd Toronto run to cash in.
In Cleveland’s half of the 9th, Janssen found himself in a world of trouble after taking care of the Indians’ first two hitters. It took him about 20 minutes to get the 3rd batter out.
Cleveland has been making Progressive Field very uncomfortable territory for other MLB teams, posting a 24-13 record at home since the month of April.
And it took 16 innings of baseball but the Jays were finally able to register some offence in the 9th inning tonight after being shut out last night.
The 2 clubs get together for one last dance tomorrow in one of the few weekday afternoon starts, 12:05 p.m., to close out the 3-game set. For more on the Toronto Blue Jays, follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Game7overtime