If Anthony Gose needed a confidence boost, he got one Monday morning.
The 22-year old outfielder was recalled by the Toronto Blue Jays and was a defensive replacement in their afternoon game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
It was a bit of a surprise move considering that Gose has struggled at the plate lately for the Buffalo Bisons, who dropped a 5-1 decision to the Charlotte Knights at Coca-Cola Field on Monday night.
In May, Gose was hitting just .200 (14 of 70). For the season with the Herd, he is batting .227 with 36 runs scored, two home runs, 12 RBIs and five stolen bases.
“It’s not necessarily what those numbers say on the board, because Anthony’s numbers aren’t great but it’s about the battle that you put in each and every at-bat,” manager Marty Brown said.
“You see what kind of energy Anthony brings to the table. We didn’t have a lot of it tonight. I don’t know whether that’s because Anthony’s gone or we just didn’t have somebody doing the same kinda things that he can do. So other people are going to have to step up.”
Brown got the call from Toronto at 6:30 a.m. Monday. Gose then went to Toronto in time for the Blue Jays’ 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. In the afternoon game, Gose replaced Melky Cabrera in left field in the eighth inning. He batted in the bottom of the inning, flying out to left.
Meeting with reporters in Toronto before Monday’s game, Gose said the last few weeks have been difficult for him.
“The early part of the month was rough for me, definitely,” Gose said. “Definitely mentally, definitely rough. I’d worn myself out mentally so bad that I made everything to be extreme.”
During the last two days, Gose has scored five runs to push his International League-leading total to 36.
“I’m delighted he got the opportunity to go up,” said Charlie Wilson, the Blue Jays director of minor-league operations who was in Buffalo for Monday’s game. “He had a good spring training and started off the year here very well. The last couple days, Marty and the staff have been really happy about everything with him, about his work ethic, his overall play. ... So it was good timing for him.”
In Monday’s game in front of 5,427 at Coca-Cola Field, Charlotte took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on two solo home runs from Jordan Danks and Lars Anderson. Angel Sanchez had a single in the fourth that drove in two runs to extend the lead to 4-0.
Buffalo got a run back in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single from Ryan Goins, but the Knights added another run in the eighth on another solo homer from Danks for a 5-1 advantage. Starter Dave Bush gave up four runs in six innings.
The series concludes tonight in Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m. Radio 1520 AM) with lefty Rickey Romero scheduled to start for the Herd (0-0, 9.82 ERA) against righty Simon Castro (0-6, 5.36).