The losses reached four in a row but at least the games have been close, three by one run and the other by two runs.
That's been the theme so far this season. The Blue Jays have played nine games in a row that have been decided by one or two runs. It is the most consecutive close encounters of that kind that they have played since the 10 in a row from July 2 to July 13, 2009.
After losing to the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Tuesday, the Blue Jays are 3-6 in those games. They opened the season 4-1, but now they are 5-6 and have had nothing but tight games since beating the Minnesota Twins 13-3 and 6-1 on April 1 and 2.
Their six losses have been by a combined seven runs. The running game that has been talked about so much was supposed to have helped them in games like that, but obviously it hasn't helped enough. The problem is the home runs have dropped off after a good start. And even if you conduct a track meet on the base paths, someone still needs to get a hit once in a while that brings the speedsters home.
In Tuesday's game it appeared as if the offseason acquisition of some players who could run might have paid off. After driving in the Blue Jays' only two runs of Tuesday's games, the speedy Corey Patterson stole second and took third on the catcher's throwing error.
But when Jose Bautista fouled out to first baseman Justin Smoak, Patterson was thrown out trying to score after the catch. It was a good play by Smoak, who had his back to the plate and made a good throw, and the Blue Jays were doomed to another loss.
Not all close games are the same. The Mariners did beat the Blue Jays 8-7 on Monday, but Toronto led that one 7-0 before the bullpen imploded.
It was the eighth time in club history the Blue Jays have lost a game that they led by at least seven runs. The most recent was a 10-9 loss to Tampa Bay on July 25, 2009, a game Toronto led by eight.
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