Covering the Bases: Game 36
While Aaron Hill and Adam Lind have struggled, Snider has been picking up some of the slack. On the trip, he hit .382 with five doubles a homer and six runs, reaching base in nine games.
In Wednesday’s 3-2 win, Snider accounted for all of the offense with an RBI double in the fifth and a two-run homer in the seventh. Both hits came against Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
Snider said he began using a heavier bat after grounding out in his first meeting with Wakefield in the third inning. Snider wanted to try something — anything — to counter Wake’s 65 mph pitch. The adjustment worked and Snider and the rest of the Jays now have an off-day to help put facing Wakefield further in the past.
More on Snider on bluejays.com on Thursday.
SECOND: Last night, I suggested that Wednesday seemed like a good time to give Hill and Lind a day off. Manager Cito Gaston agreed about Lind (.086 on road trip), sitting him and giving Randy Ruiz a start as the DH. Hill (.154 on the trip) was still in the lineup, but at the last minute was pulled and John McDonald got the start at second.
Hill was pulled due to tightness in his right hamstring. Before the game, Hill said the injury was not giving him any issues. Gaston also noted that Hill hadn’t complained about it at all. Following the game, Gaston said Hill admitted that it was bothering him a little, but the second baseman again told reporters that he was fine.
So, consider Hill day to day. And expect him back in the lineup on Friday.
THIRD: When Roy Halladay was with the Blue Jays, one of his best traits was righting the ship after a tough loss. Now, this is admittedly a small sample size, but Shaun Marcum is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in three starts following a Toronto loss this season. That’s the kind of production the Jays want from their No. 1.
Against the Red Sox, Marcum said he did not boast his best changeup. Instead, he got ahead with curveballs, used a strong cutter and a well-located four-seamer to fashion seven shutout innings. After Jays starters issued 18 walks over 16 1/3 innings over the past four games, Marcum’s outing was a breath of fresh air.
HOME: The Jays did not escape Fenway without some drama. In the ninth inning, homeplate ump Dale Scott called slugger David Ortiz out on strikes — on a pitch that was caught well outside. That resulted in the inning’s second out instead of a walk that would’ve put two runners on base with Boston down, 3-1.
Ortiz was asked later if he reviewed the replay: “I don’t want to. I don’t have to. Thank God I wasn’t hitting right-handed, because that would have hit me in the ribs.” Adrian Belte also had a similar call go against him in the subsequent at-bat, leading to Boston manager Terry Francona being ejected for arguing.
Beltre then singled to center to cut Toronto’s lead to one run. Gregg got out of it, collecting his 10th save, but some debatable calls definitely helped the Blue Jays’ cause in that final frame. Toronto departs Boston coming off a 7-3 road trip and the Jays are now 13-6 away from home this year.