Covering the Bases: Game 3
Vernon Wells: Three games. Four homers. Six runs. Seven RBIs. And one big smile as he trotted around the bases on Thursday.
“It’s cool to hit homers, but I’m not going to hit homers all year long like that,” Wells said. “So I’m going to enjoy them while they come.”
We should take a cue from Wells himself and enjoy this while we can. Not even an Albert Pujols-Roy Halladay Hybrid Cybernetic Baseball Organism could maintain this type of pace all year long.
So enjoy it, Jays fans. Vernon Wells might “be back.” He might not. We’re still really early in the season. There is no denying that Vernon III is looking and feeling great in the batter’s box right now.
Wells became the first player in Blue Jays history to launch at least one home run in three consecutive games to begin a season. The last time he accomplished the same feat in any stretch was August 2008.
SECOND: Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston made a couple mound visits today to talk things over with his pitcher — not to take him out. In the seventh, he headed out to calm down Ricky Romero after the young lefty threw a costly wild pitch and then issued a walk. Romero was admittedly rattled and said Gaston helped him regain his composure. In the ninth, Cito headed out to tell closer Jason Frasor not to let Hamilton beat him with the game on the line. “That’s all I said to him, ‘Just don’t let him beat you,’” Gaston explained. Frasor got a game-ending groundout to pick up his second save in as many games.
THIRD: The Blue Jays threw five wild pitches in Thursday’s win. FIVE. Not all of them appeared to be entirely on the pitchers, though. The wild pitch that led to Texas’ lone run in the seventh came on an errant slider from Romero, but catcher Jose Molina did not get in front of the ball. “He’s a pretty good catcher. It happens sometimes,” Gaston said. The Jays are fortunate in only came back to bite them once in the 3-1 win. And another thing, Jays hitters struck out 13 times. That’s all there is to say about that.
HOME: All spring long, Gaston preached that his club would be in good shape if the starters could last six or seven. Well, in all three games, Toronto’s starters have gone deep enough to put the game in the hands of the late-inning relievers. Twice it worked (there was that blown save in Game 1). So far, though, that’s a great sign for a Jays team that has a lot riding on its pitching staff this season. “Tat’s what we’re working for. If we can get to that seventh inning with the guys we have out there, we have a chance,” Gaston said.
…off to catch a flight to Baltimore.