Downs Missed the Take Sign
What on earth was Scott Downs thinking in the top of the 10th tonight?
He had just worked a scoreless ninth and got five runs from his offence in the top of the inning to give him a potential win. His spot comes up and he takes a bunch of pitches and then swings at a 2-2 offering grounding it to short.
As he trots down the line - something he's not used to doing - he pulls a muscle, limps off the field and is replaced by Jesse Carlson. What were you thinking, dude?
Even at spring training, when the Jays went to Orlando and the pitcher was forced to hit, Cito Gaston told Brad Mills not even to think about swinging the bat because it was only a Grapefruit League Game. Cito, what's the difference? How about having a five-run lead in extra innings with your closer on the hill.
Take, take, take. But no.