Well, it felt like a funeral anyway. Mo is human, I realize that, and he does need to remind us of his fallibility every now and then. But when he does suck it’s very disconcerting.
A.J. was his usual high-wire act self but with a positive twist: he hung in for five-plus without giving up more than a couple of runs. He is so frustrating to watch even when he’s pitching well. He goes to 3-0 counts on hitters, comes all the way back to 3-2 only to walk them. Grrrr.
Dave Robertson was brilliant bailing AJ out of that jam in the sixth – just as sharp as he was in 2009. Joba threw a perfect seventh. Soriano pitched a scoreless eighth. We were on track for the win. Life was good. With Mo heading to the mound for the ninth, I was actually smiling.
And then the unthinkable. Mo wasn’t “on” tonight. But credit also has to go to the Blue Jays for that sneaky squeeze bunt; it was brilliantly executed.
As for Nova, call me a bad fan if you must but he was horrible in the tenth. He’s been horrible, period. Does he have dead arm like Hughes? Does he?
And speaking of horrible, poor, poor, Brett Gardner. I don’t know what’s happened to our little gritty, gutty Gardy.