Some assorted reaction and befuddlement to Edwin Jackson’s no-hitter against the Rays on Friday night.
- Jon Paul Morosi: “I’ll admit that the final tally — 149 pitches, eight walks — looks a
little absurd. But 2010 is the “Year of the 0.” We witnessed three perfect games
(unofficially) in less than one month. A no-hitter? Routine.”
- A.J. Hinch: “You do want to make smart decisions, but you do have a chance at
history and you don’t want to take it away from him. And that’s for everybody involved, from the team, to the fans, to
anybody that was included in this game. It was the most bizarre
no-hitters you’ll ever be around.”
- Joe Maddon: “He throws 68 pitches after just three innings and settles in and
pitches like he did? You’ve got to give him a lot of
credit. He’s a horse and a great athlete. He’s a great kid and he
deserved to do that tonight. Hats off to him; he’s a wonderful man.”
- Edwin Jackson: “After the fifth, I looked up there, and I was like,
‘Wow, after all
this, there’s still no hits?”
- Mel Stottlemeyer: “I was kind of kidding that he was an error and eight walks away from
having a perfect game.”
- Eric Stangel: “Edwin Jackson throws no-no. There are now more
pitchers who have thrown a no hitter this season than those who haven’t.”
- Joe Lemire: “Thus, the smart move for the Diamondbacks, who are already 14.5 games
out of first place and would need a miracle to contend for the playoffs
this season, would be to give Jackson a few extra days before his next
outing or skip that next start altogether.”
- Edwin Jackson: “If he wants to skip me (in the rotation), that’s fine. If he just wants to give
me a day off, that’s fine, too.”
- Rob Neyer: “For baseball, it means another chance to trumpet the effectiveness of
its drug policy. Hitting isn’t down nearly as much this season as you
might think (or as you’ve been told) … but it’s down some, and last
year it was down from the year before. We’ve seen four no-hitters
already this season and while we might not see another, this does seem
to be a new era, an era in which pitchers will somewhat regularly do
incredible things. Even pitchers like Dallas Braden and Jackson.”
With their ace on the mound in front of an electric home crowd, the Blue Jays seemingly came into Game 1 of the ALDS with the advantage over the Rangers. However, as these things often go during the playoffs, it didn’t work out that way.
Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor each homered off David Price as the Rangers beat the Blue Jays 5-3 in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.
Price gave up five runs over seven innings in the loss. The Rangers grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the third inning before Chirinos connected for a two-run homer in the fifth. Odor added a solo blast in the seventh inning for some insurance. Playoff success continues to elude Price. He’s now owns a 4.54 ERA in the postseason and is 0-6 as a starter.
Yovani Gallardo got the win after holding the power Toronto lineup to two runs over five innings. Jose Bautista took Keone Kela deep in the sixth inning to draw the Blue Jays closer, but Jake Diekman followed with two perfect frames before Sam Dyson tossed a scoreless ninth inning for the save.
A big story in this game was injuries to key players. The Rangers lost Adrian Beltre in the third inning due to lower back stiffness. Meanwhile, Josh Donaldson exited for precautionary reasons in the fifth inning after he took a knee to the head on a takeout slide. The Blue Jays announced that Donaldson passed concussion protocol, but will be reevaluated Friday. Jose Bautista also exited the game after eight innings due to cramping in his right hamstring, but he’s expected to be OK.
Game 2 will take place Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. ET. Cole Hamels will pitch for the Rangers while Marcus Stroman will attempt to keep the Blue Jays from going down 0-2 in the series.
The Dodgers announced this afternoon that legendary broadcaster Vin Scully underwent a “recommended medical procedure” this morning and will miss the the postseason. The good news is that he’s said to be “resting comfortably.”
Scully, who turns 88 next month, was expected to do radio broadcasts for the Dodgers the postseason. While he’ll skip the playoffs at the advice of his doctors, the Dodgers said that he’s looking forward to returning for his 67th season in the booth in 2016. Scully said in August that it will be his last.
On behalf of all baseball fans, get well soon, Mr. Scully.
Both starting third basemen have left Game 1 of the Rangers-Blue Jays series with injuries.
Adrian Beltre exited with a back injury in the second inning and now Josh Donaldson has left the game an inning after taking a knee to the head while trying to break up a double play.
It’s natural to wonder if Donaldson suffered a concussion on the play, particularly since Justin Morneau, then of the Twins, had his career derailed by a knee to the head on a nearly identical takeout slide in Toronto back in 2010. For now the Blue Jays are saying Donaldson left as a “precaution,” but as a Twins fan that play immediately flashed into my mind.
Donaldson will either win or finish runner-up for AL MVP after hitting .297 with 41 homers and a .939 OPS in 158 games during his first season in Toronto.