07/27/2014 04:19 EDT | Updated 09/26/2014 05:59 EDT

Munenori Kawasaki makes basket catch

Until they find a full-time second baseman with clout, the Toronto Blue Jays know they can count on utility man Munenori Kawasaki.

Kawasaki, beloved in Toronto for his perma-smile and effervescent personality, is a role player at best at this stage of his career. 

But the energetic infielder brings a solid skill set and infectious enthusiasm to the ballpark each and every day, not to mention an occasional flair for the dramatic:

Kawasaki followed up that slick fielding play with a pair of singles and an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to left that plated Toronto's fourth run in a game it currently leads 5-4 over New York Yankees.

Toronto is seeking its second straight win at Yankee Stadium after losing 17 games in a row there.