Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/28/13
A day after earning the public support of his boss Blue Jays manager John Gibbons received the kind of game a manager dreams of from his players. The starting pitcher was solid the defence was spectacular and an early lead was not only held but extended. The Jays did a lot well in Wednesday’s rubber match against the New York Yankees defeating the visiting Bombers 7-2 in a rare all-around game. Outfielders hit cutoff men hit-and-runs went according to plan and insurance runs were tacked on for good measure. The single victory isn’t going to change anything for the Jays this season — and coming a day after GM Alex Anthopoulos said Gibbons will return as bench boss next season it will take on greater symbolism than it’s worth — but it was uplifting nonetheless. Right-hander Todd Redmond fighting for a chance to keep his fledgling spot in the rotation held the Yankees to just three hits but battled his command throughout the night issuing four walks two of which scored. More Video Jets' Rex Ryan Gets Heated After Questionable Coaching Move Jets' Rex Ryan Gets Heated After Questionable Coaching Move Joe Carter: Doping has taken away from baseball Joe Carter: Doping has taken away from baseball But he hung in and was helped along by stellar defence including diving catches by both Anthony Gose in centre field and Edwin Encarnacion at first base. Encarnacion also hit his 34th home run of the season — a two-run shot to earn his 99th RBI — in the second inning to tack on two more runs to the first-inning four-spot the Jays laid on the Yankees aided as it was by a two-run throwing error by catcher Chris Stewart. Alex Rodriguez who was again jeered and booed vociferously drove in the Yankees’ first run with a fourth-inning single. But he was thrown out at the plate two plays later as second baseman Ryan Goins successfully relayed a throw from centre fielder Gose in an unfancy bit of fundamental baseball. Before the game Gibbons worked with his three rookie outfielders — Gose Moises Sierra and Kevin Pillar — on throwing drills which seemed to clearly pay off when Gose and Goins combined to cut down Rodriguez at the plate. Gibbons admitted before the game that he probably “didn’t do that enough” with the team’s regular centre fielder Colby Rasmus who is currently on the disabled list with an oblique strain and whose throws were rarely on line this season. “I think we need to do more of that no question.” Goins who is making an impressive early case to be the club’s second baseman in 2014 continued his remarkable streak. The 25-year-old now has hits in all of his six major-league games and his hitting .455 in his short career. Batting in the two-hole on Wednesday he went 2-for-3 with a walk scoring twice. Meanwhile Brett Lawrie continued his red-hot August. He went 2-for-4 with a double on Wednesday driving in two runs in his 11th multi-hit game of the month. Lawrie leads the American League with 37 hits this month. Before Wednesday’s game several Jays players expressed support for Anthopoulos’s decision to bring Gibbons back. “I think it’s great” said pitcher R.A. Dickey. “I think that continuity is important and I certainly enjoy playing under Gibby. I can also tell you he’s not the problem that’s for sure. So it’ll be nice to have him back.” “We believe in Gibby” said shortstop Jose Reyes. “Things didn’t go the way we wanted them to this year but it’s not Gibby’s fault. Look at us as players we didn’t get it done. That’s why we are where we are. It’s not Gibby’s fault at all.”
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