Rajai Davis has saved the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays season.
Okay, so may that’s just a tiny bit of exaggeration on my part, but it might as well have felt that way as the Blue Jays finally found themselves on the right side of the scorecard on Wednesday while facing what would have been an exasperating, soul-crushing loss at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles.
One one-run loss was bad enough. Two might have driven a good amount of bandwagoners off the edge. Three straight one-run games, with two of them being walk-offs?
That’s the stuff nightmares are made of.
Luckily, Davis was there to the rescue and made sure there was a light at the end tunnel. His throw in the bottom of the 10th inning to nail Manny Machado at the plate not only bailed out Jose Bautista‘s fielding error earlier in the frame, but also gave the Blue Jays the chance to finally salvage something out of what had been an ugly series — an opportunity they took advantage of in the following inning.
It’s not a play you’d normally see from Davis, who isn’t exactly known for his arm. That said, he did use his speed to get to what looked to be a game-winning single from J.J. Hardy quickly on one hop, a factor that had as much to do with the final results as the throw itself.
No, the left fielder doesn’t have a rocket throw, but he unleashed a gem as though he did anyway. For that, he might as well have won himself the Rocket Man of the Day award … and saved the televisions/computer screens of numerous Blue Jays fans.
Defense wasn’t his only contribution, however, as Davis also hit his first home run of the season earlier in the game — a run that was every bit as needed as all of the others to get the game into extras.
While it won’t quite be good enough to make him an adequate starter through the rest of the season … well, the Blue Jays are probably just pleased that they found a way to change that particular conversation for this day.