Marcus Semien, barely 24 at the time and in his first full season as a daily shortstop, noticed the hustle and bustle and still remembers that day, as well as the return of Yoenis Cespedes that year. also.
“They were the two fan favorites of these teams. You’ve always heard of it, ”said Semien, acquired from the Chicago White Sox for Jeff Samardzija about two weeks after the Donaldson cast. “You talk to the A fans and they were really hurt losing Cespedes and Donaldson. I’m pretty sure Donaldson did some damage in this series as well. It’s something that everyone wants to do when they come back to their old team, have a good streak. It’s funny, you see guys getting booed, some getting cheered. It’s just part of the game. ”
Semien was one of the guys who was applauded when he completed the lifecycle of a star athletics player on Monday, returning to a team willing to pay him market value. He had a quieter first night than Donaldson, but still saw 30 throws while collecting a walk in the second, a base-laden steal in the third, a single in the sixth, and an out with the tie in the second. second of the eighth round. of a 5-4 loss to Blue Jays. Two throws before his flyout, Semien tore a fastball off the left field wall, a simple foot foul, a swing that almost wrote a whole different story.
Steven Matz provided five innings for a beaten pitcher’s stick, but also gave up all five in an outing where he to some extent topped the results. The damage came in back-to-back doubles to Matt Chapman and Jed Lowrie ahead of Stephen Piscotty’s homerun in third and a two-run homerun to Ramon Laureano in fifth that gave Oakland a 5-3 lead.
The two long balls arrived during changes “dragging in the area”, he lamented. “It’s mostly about getting him out of the zone more, being aggressive with him and using him almost like a playing field from the start. I felt like I was able to get two hits on a lot of these hitters and just couldn’t put them away or make good pitches.
Hence his evacuation in the dugout when manager Charlie Montoyo approached him after the fifth and told him his night was over at 92 locations. Matz stood up, seemed to shout some insulting words, and pulled down his hat.
“I was pretty excited,” he said. “We had a draw. I know the enclosure has worked very hard. I just want to keep coming back over there and keep going into a beat and everything. And getting bitten by a snake by that home run (Laureano) over there and getting shot is extremely frustrating. You just want to go out there and compete for your team, so it was all really frustrating.
Still, he did enough to ensure the Blue Jays could hold Anthony Kay back to start on Tuesday, even if George Springer will be ready after what Montoyo described as an “already planned” day off is less clear.
The star outfielder left Sunday’s game, his fourth since returning from a quad strain, with what the team called fatigue and, before the game, Montoyo said he wasn’t sure Springer would be available on the bench. A pinch moment came in the ninth when Danny Jansen arrived, but Springer remained on the bench in his hoodie as the catcher struck against Jake Diekman.
“If he could, I would have. He could not. That’s why he didn’t pinch the punches, ”Montoyo said.
As for Tuesday, the Blue Jays will check to see if he’s ready for DH in the morning, and when asked if Springer was still experiencing the residual effects of what he was feeling on Sunday, Montoyo replied, “A little, yeah . Enough that we couldn’t take the risk of pinching him over there at the end.
This further muddies the club’s roster situation, with Alejandro Kirk “for sure gonna be out for more than 10 days” with his left hip flexor injury, according to the manager, who has not pledged that. Riley Adams starts this week.
The club are believed to be looking to bring in the more experienced Reese McGuire, although it is unclear which direction they will ultimately lean in.
Despite all of that, the Blue Jays have rectified this one. A five-hitting six-hitter streak in the third highlighted by Bo Bichette’s RBI single and a two-run single by Frankie Montas’ Teoscar Hernandez tied the game 3-3.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., snatched a starting brace from Lou Trivino in the eighth and eventually scored on wild ground when Semien suppressed seven throws, making it a one-inning game. Joe Panik took off shortly after to complete the frame before a ninth three-on-three.
The Blue Jays took two of Oakland’s three on that Donaldson comeback streak from July 21-23, 2015, and the following week they went through the transformative trade deadline that propelled them to 43-18. Semien received the tribute video, cheers from fans and greetings from his former teammates on his first night back, but not a win.