BALTIMORE – As impressive as he has been in his young career, sometimes it feels like you don’t know which version of Roberto Osuna will show up on a given day to close out a baseball game.
On a sunny afternoon at Camden Yards it was the dark cloud version of the Blue Jays closer as Osuna blew a save for a major-league high ninth time this season.
The latest hiccup was accomplished in noisy fashion too as Orioles catcher Welington Castillo led off the ninth by crushing an offering over the wall in left field to tie the score at 4-4.
It took a while for the damage to be fully maximized, but a Mark Trumbo walk off single in the 12th off of Danny Barnes took care of it, leading the Orioles to a 5-4, come-from-behind win.
It would have never got to extra innings if Osuna would have been able to do his job, the one he had done so consistently earlier in the season.
“It was my decision, my fault,” Osuna said of the juicy cutter he hung for Castillo to blast his second homer of the game. “I left it a little bit up and then he got a good swing on it.
“It was an execution (thing). I tried to go in there and it didn’t work for me. I’ll take full responsibility. He got the better of me.”
The result was another in a long and still growing list of frustrating Jays losses. They have now lost 13 in walk off fashion and have a major-league leading 12 losses in extra innings.
Some days they get the awesome Osuna, the one who pitched in the all-star game in early July and has 35 saves, second most in the major leagues.
On others, they get the one that doesn’t quite have the killer ability that is the lifeblood of an elite closer. His nine blown saves are the third most by a Jays reliever in a season.