The Blue Jays Do Their Part In The 2013 Mid-Summer Classic
The 2013 All Star Game was an absolute pleasure to watch, and was definitely not without excitement. From the American League bats heating up, to the scoreless pitching, to the legendary Mariano Rivera making his last-ever All Star Game appearance, there is definitely something to be said for just about everything.
Toronto Blue Jays fans can be proud to know that Toronto made a fair contribution to the success of the American League winning the game, surprisingly the first time in four years that is has done so.
Offensively, four-time All Star Jose Bautista opened up the scoring for the AL when he stepped up to the plate, and prompty laid out an RBI sacrifice fly. He was lifted later so that first time All Star Edwin Encarnacion could have a few at-bats, one grounding into a double play, and the latter would be a solo ground-out.
The other two first-time Blue Jays All Stars – Brett Cecil and Steve Delabar – can take pride knowing that their appearances, albeit brief, were important and essential to the American League winning the Mid-Summer Classic with a 3-0 shutout. Both Toronto relief pitchers were used back-to-back by AL team manager Jim Leyland (of the Detroit Tigers), each brought out for one batter. Cecil wasted no time pounding the strike zone and quickly induced a swinging K. Delabar was called out to the mound right after, and inducing a similar fate on his lone National League batter… Yes, you guessed it. Swinging strike for the punch out. Both hurlers ended up with the same line: 0.1IP, 0H, 0R/ER, 1K, 0BB.
It is only fitting that Cecil and Delabar end their first Mid-Summer Classic appearances the way that they did. Their performance as a whole is the ultimate representation of what the Blue Jays’ bullpen has been all about this year, and these two remarkable players took their skills to Citi Field in New York to show the best of the best in Major League Baseball what Toronto’s late-inning boys are all about.