Chris Capuano wasn’t very good tonight, and Carlos Marmol, making his Dodger debut, was even worse, but neither of those outcomes were really all that unexpected. So when the team was down 8-3 after six innings, it was pretty easy to think that we could just write this one off and move on, because what team wins every game, much less one in which your worst starter and relievers are heavily used?
Well, this team, apparently. Helped somewhat by meltdowns from Toronto relievers Brett Cecil and Darren Oliver, the Dodgers put up three in the seventh and four in the eighth to turn that 8-3 deficit into a 10-8 lead in what seemed to be a matter of seconds, capped off by a no-doubt three-run blast off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez to take the lead, followed by an insurance run on Andre Ethier‘s homer (off a lefty!) two batters later. Every hitter had at least one hit except for Nick Punto; five had two hits, including Mark Ellis, who drove in three just like Gonzalez and Ethier.
Even Punto appeared to have played a key role in the seventh when, with the bases loaded, he lined a ball off Dustin McGowan‘s body. McGowan managed to recover in time to get a charging Ethier at the plate in what was an incredibly close play that we’d still be talking about if not for the fireworks that were to come, and that should really tell you all you need to know here. On just about any other night, that’s the defining play of the game. Right now, no one’s going to even remember it, especially not when the usually lights-out Kenley Jansen allowed the Jays to not only slice the lead in half in the ninth, but come within about ten feet of a brutal Brett Lawrie homer for the final out.
That’s now 22 wins in 27 games for Don Mattingly‘s team, and guarantees them another night alone in first place. Sure, there’s something to be said for how god awful the Blue Jays are right now, and it’s probably also worth noting that the Rogers Centre appears to play like the Canadian version of Coors Field. We probably shouldn’t ignore those factors, but I also remember a time not all that long ago where a five run deficit would have taken weeks to overcome. This team did it in minutes. They did it without Matt Kemp. They just keep… on… doing it. Enjoy the ride.