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Kameron Loe was the beneficiary of a 3-6-3 double play
11-07-2015, 11:30 AM
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Kameron Loe was the beneficiary of a 3-6-3 double play
TORONTO – While assessing Brett Lawries season up to this point, its important
to consider that the 24-year-old is doing something for his team that few other
players, if any, could.
<mybb-bad-sm> . One day, hes providing the Blue Jays with Gold Glove-calibre defence
at third base. The next, hes more than holding his own at second base. All the
while, Lawries posting respectable offensive numbers overall and is providing an
elite bat in clutch situations. It would be ignorant to look at Lawries slash
line of .224/.275/.412 entering Sundays action and conclude hes having a down
year. Consider that Lawrie already has eight home runs, going deep in 4.8 per
cent of his at-bats. Thats a marked uptick from last year (2.7 per cent) and
2012 (2.2 per cent). Lawrie also has 26 RBI, which ranks him third on the club
behind Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista. His best work has been done with
runners in scoring position (RISP). With runners on second, third or both,
Lawrie is hitting .366/.400/.732 (1.132 OPS) with four home runs and 21 RBI. All
of it, as a reminder, while playing a third base/second base hybrid. Not even
Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays does that anymore. When Zobrist hasnt been
hurt this season, hes predominantly been a second baseman. “I dont see any
player in the league doing it, unless youre a utility player, which hes not,”
infield coach Luis Rivera told TSN.ca. “Its tough because hes very good at third
base. Hes one of the best third baseman and then you have to move to second
base. He was at second base before, hes learning the position again and there
are a few things he needs to continue to work on and he can be better than what
he is right now.” Lawrie goes about his business, taking ground balls during
batting practice at the position hes scheduled to play that day. That, in and of
itself, would be overwhelming for some players. Yet it isnt for a player, still
young, who earned himself a reputation for being hot-headed and immature, two
labels which should be dissipating by the day. “Its tough knowing one day youre
here, the next day youre there,” said Rivera. “Mentally, you have to prepare.
You have to be mentally strong.” The terms “Lawrie” and “mentally strong” didnt
used to be used in the same sentence, thanks in large part to incidents like the
infamous helmet-throwing incident in May, 2012 and his stare down of Rivera and
Adam Lind when Lind didnt score on a Lawrie fly ball 52 Sundays ago. Considering
what hes being asked to do and considering the success with which hes
accomplishing the request, maybe its time to give Lawrie some credit. “Theres a
lot going on, man,” said Lawrie. “Theres always a lot going on, especially now
just from having to play all over the park and just Ive got a lot of stuff going
on, but for the most part Im just trying not to think about it too much even
though there is a lot going on.” Hes a third baseman, hell tell you that
repeatedly and Lawries proud hes made himself an elite third bagger at the big
league level, which is a testament to his athleticism. Hes all-in on the move
because it makes the platoon splits work for manager John Gibbons. Lawrie is at
third and Steve Tolleson at second when Toronto faces a left-handed pitcher;
Lawries at second and Juan Francisco at third base when the Blue Jays take on a
right-hander. “Its just something that I have to do for the team and its what
makes the team a little bit better, so for myself, its just what I have to do in
order to make this ball club better and to, obviously, win ballgames,” said
Lawrie. “The most important thing is that he wanted to do it,” said Rivera. “So
if hes willing to do it, hes going to be fine, but when you fight yourself not
to go one place and then play another position, play third base, ‘I dont want to
play second base, thats going to make it real hard on him, on the coaches and on
the team. Right now, hes willing to do both, so thats the easy part.” After
Sundays series-sweeping 3-1 win over Oakland, the Jays sixth in a row, 11th in
13 games and 16th out of 21, getting a buy-in from Lawrie is a much easier task.
“Its just fun,” said Lawrie. “Its just good to be competing. Thats the biggest
thing is just being able to go out everyday and compete and, obviously, have a
chance to win a ballgame every single day. Thats the biggest thing, but just
competing on an everyday basis as a group is obviously a lot of fun.”
<mybb-bad-sm> . -- Gary Kubiak was bored and in need of a job, if for no other
reason to give his wife some breathing room at home.
<mybb-bad-sm> . - Lawyers involved in the murder trial of former New England
Patriots star Aaron Hernandez want to know if there are any die-hard Patriots
fans in the jury pool. Boston, MA (Sports Network) - George Kottaras hit the
go-ahead homer in the third, and Randy Wolf turned in seven solid innings as
Milwaukee downed Boston, 4-2, in the middle test of a three-game interleague set
from Fenway Park. These guys are really hard to beat in this ballpark, and it
took a great game by everyone to do it, said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.
Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart began the game with back-to-back homers for the
Brewers, who won for the second time in six contests. Wolf (5-4) gave up two
runs on nine hits with a walk while fanning three. John Axford worked a perfect
ninth to earn his 19th save. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Mike Cameron picked up
second-inning RBI for the Red Sox, who lost for just the second time in their
last 14 games. Jon Lester (9-3) failed in his bid to become baseballs first
10-game winner. He allowed seven hits and four runs -- three earned -- with
eight strikeouts and three walks over eight full frames. Kottaras, who served as
a backup catcher with the Red Sox in 2008 and 09, reached the seats beyond the
bullpen in right to start the third and provide a 3-2 margin for the visitors.
It was a big part of the game, with us going ahead and them coming back,
Kottaras said about his long blast. There was a momentum shift in the game but
Randy pitched well to hold it down. Later in the frame, Ryan Braun and Prince
Fielder worked two-out walks, and Casey McGehees base hit scored Braun to put
Milwaukee up 4-2. Wolf held the Sox in check from there, not allowing a runner
past second for the duration of his outing.
<mybb-bad-sm>. Lester matched his counterpart, retiring the side in order
in the fourth and eighth innings and also not allowing a runner past second. We
just couldnt get anything going, said Red Sox manager Terry Francona about
Milwaukees starter, whom he managed in Philadelphia from 1999-2000. Wolfie
pitches with that fastball thats got a little bit of life at the end that gets
on top of the barrel. He really pitched effectively. Kameron Loe was the
beneficiary of a 3-6-3 double play in the eighth after Fielders dropped throw on
a Kevin Youkilis grounder, then Axford set down the Sox in order to finish off
the victory. Weeks and Hart greeted Lester with back-to-back solo homers to
center to begin the game, but Saltalamacchia and Cameron responded with an RBI
single each in the home second. GAME NOTES:This was Milwaukees first victory at
Fenway since September 5, 1997, just before the Brewers departed for the
National League. It snapped a six-game losing skid in Boston...Prior to the
contest, the Brewers designated pitcher Daniel Ray Herrera for assignment and
purchased the contract of pitcher Mark DiFelice from Triple-A Nashville
(PCL)...Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez finished hitless in four at-bats
and remains one hit shy of 1,000 for his career...Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon
served the last of his two-game suspension on Saturday.
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