Losing Game 1, Donaldson and Bautista not part of Blue Jays plan
Stinks, doesn’t it?
Losing the opener to the Texas Rangers 5-3 was not part of anybody’s game plan, not in Hogtown that is. It wasn’t part of the script.
Neither was losing Josh Donaldson, who was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth as a precautionary move after taking a knee in the head on a slide into second base in the fourth. Then Jose Bautista left after the eighth with a leg cramp. Both players are expected to be good to go Friday.
Texas lost its third baseman early as well as Adrian Beltre was forced to leave in the third with lower back stiffness.
David Price wasn’t sharp this day either, which no doubt will cause an avalanche of criticism directed at manager John Gibbons for skipping him in the last week of the regular season and having him enter Thursday’s series opener on 11 days’ rest.
“I felt good, I just didn’t make pitches in the big spots when I needed to,” Price said. “We need shutdown innings at this time of the year and I didn’t do that today.”