R.A. Dickey and the Jays were waiting for a day like this.
It wasn’t the brilliant sunshine and an early afternoon game at lovely AT&T Park. It wasn’t the sellout crowd or the superb baseball atmosphere here.
Dickey was making his 13th start of the season and he was waiting for his 2012 success to resurface. He was waiting for his knuckleball to reach 80 m.p.h., where it is most effective. He was waiting for his command to return, for everything to click.
It did on Wednesday afternoon. He was perfect into the fourth inning and dominated into the ninth until he walked two batters.
Manager John Gibbons took the long walk out to the mound to replace Dickey, and closer Casey Janssen finished off a 4-0 win over San Francisco.
It was a sweet moment for the Jays on this western road trip, where they had lost three games on errors.