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Err of despair sinks in for Blue Jays: Griffin

July 16th, 2017 at 9:03 PM
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DETROITâ??When the Blue Jays’ manager stated following one of the most disheartening losses of the year that “the way we’ve been playing, we’re where we should be,” that’s a clear indictment of the first 91 games of their season, as they sit at 42-49 with seven teams ahead of them for the second wild card.

The struggling Jays seem to be moonwalking towards a precipice with a combination of poor starting pitching, shoddy defence and a lack of situational hitting, where they rely too much on their sudden-strike capability.

The Tigers won 6-5 on Sunday by doing every little thing better on offence.

“That was there for the taking,” John Gibbons said. “We just didn’t play good enough ball. That’s the bottom line. We took the lead, gave it right back. Got the lead back again. It’s tough to ask your bullpen to go five clean innings there at the end.”

The Jays scored three in the first on a pair of home runs. But with Marco Estrada on the mound the Tigers tied it up efficiently, using two walks, an infield hit, a double and back-to-back sacrifice flies.

Then, in the 11th, the Tigers got leadoff man Alex Avila to first on a walk and sacrificed him to second. A two-out error by third baseman Josh Donaldson on a hot grounder over the bag was followed by a pair of walks and the walk-off celebration in Motown began.

Meanwhile, the Jays were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position, scoring all five of their runs on homers.

But it’s the Jays’ defence that has taken the biggest step backwards from 2015-16, a deficiency that showed up on Sunday in non-support of an already struggling Estrada. He needed more.

In the first inning, Donaldson slid to …

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Tags: Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson, Marco Estrada, MLB, Tigers, Troy Tulowitzki

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