BY Jeff Schneberk
Every now and then the Toronto blue jays play one of those games that makes people watching them wonder what the hell is going on.
Friday night against the Oakland a’s was one of those games.
After winning 2 of 3 games played in Oakland not that long ago, the blue jays were humiliated (again) in front of their home crowd (again) by double-digit figures (again) in which their starting pitcher was lit up like a Christmas tree (again), which has everyone in TO wondering what is wrong with Canada’s only pro ball team (again).
Esmil Rodgers has been pretty dependable for the most part this season. That trend did not continue tonight at Rogers Centre when the Oakland Athletics absolutely dismantles Rogers and the rest of the Jays in a 14-6 trouncing.
Oakland was up 4-0 after the 1st inning and 6-3 after 2 innings.
Oakland was also on a 3-game losing skid heading into tonight’s matchup in Toronto.
As it turned out, they could not have picked a better team to play considering their record.
Rogers had another sub-par outing. He has been struggling for most of the past 4 weeks.
He gave up 7 earned runs and 3 home runs as Oakland went onto an easy win in the 1st of a 4-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Blue Jays’ starting pitchers had a MLB-high 5.67 ERA since their 11-game win streak got snapped; it got even worse tonight vs. the A’s.
You know things are not looking up when Rogers gives up back-to-back HRs to Oakland’s Jed Lowrie (one was a 3-run shot) and one to the 2013 HR Derby Champion Yeonis Cespedes; all of that wonderful stuff before Rogers was able to record his 1st out of the inning (ouch).
For the record, Lowrie’s hit was an absolute laser to the 1st deck; Cespedes just barely clearly the fence in left field.
Didn’t matter. Still counted. Still put the BJs down and out.
As if that was not bad enough for Esmil Rogers. He allowed a pair of runs in the 2nd inning and another in the 3rd.
It would wind up being his shortest (and by far his most regrettable outing) of 2013.
He gave up not one, not two, but three home runs to Josh Reddick, who went on to become the 1st Oakland A in 9 years to smack 3 homers in the same game.
Toronto wasn’t a total wreck on this night. Toronto strung together 3 runs in the 2nd, which cut the A’s lead in half to 6-3. Brett Lawrie got it started by extending his hitting streak to 11 games; he smacked a double to CF that scored Colby Rasmus. Then Emilio Bonifacio and Jose Reyes got in on the short-lived fun with RBI hits.Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus would treat the hometown fans to a couple more treats with home runs in the 8th inning, but other than that it was a dead night for those in blue and white; the HRs came with the Jays down by 11 runs.
Next action goes at Rogers Stadium Saturday afternoon with a 1:07 pm opening pitch. The series will continue into Sunday, another matinee slated for 1:07 pm, with the 4-game set concluding Monday.
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