The Stat Line Of The Night — 6/5/11 — Adam Lind
After getting off to a scorching start to the 2011 MLB season, many pitchers have decided to pitch around the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista and take their chance on whoever is hitting behind him in Toronto’s lineup. Yesterday afternoon it was Adam Lind hitting behind Bautista, and he made the Baltimore Orioles pay for trying to take what they believed to be ‘the easy way out.’
Avoiding Bautista and pitching to Lind was anything but easy on this day, as the Jays’ first baseman went 4-for-4 at the plate with two home runs and three RBIs, leading the Jays to the 7-4 victory.
It was only Lind’s second game back after a one month stint on the DL, but it didn’t take him long to regain the timing and form that had him batting over .300 prior to the injury. With Corey Patterson and Yunel Escobar both swinging hot bats and Lind back in the lineup, the Jays now have three players that can compliment Bautista in their lineup, which should help the home runs leader get some better looks at the plate. Lind’s return to the Jays lineup could mean big things for them. He showed that yesterday, and as a result, he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, June 5, 2011.