It wasn’t exactly R.A. Dickey‘s day. The Jays’ knuckleballer took the hill with a chance to draw the series to a 2-2 tie. And while the Jays could still do that today, they’ll do it without Dickey, who was removed from the game after an inning and two-thirds, four hits, five runs – four of them earned — a passed ball and a couple of walks.
Most of the damage came in the first inning when Alcides Escobar reached on a bunt single to lead off followed by a Ben Zobrist homer. After allowing a walk and a single, a Dickey knuckler got past Russell Martin for run number three and then a Mike Moustakas sac fly scored the fourth run of the inning.
In the second inning Dickey gave up a solo shot to Alex Rios and then put two runners on with a plunked batsman and a walk. At that point John Gibbsons had seen enough and removed Dickey for Liam Hendriks who got out of the jam by picking off Escobar at first base.
The Royals lead 5-0. And while the Jays have a thunderous offense, so far they’ve done nothing against Chris Young.