Toronto opened up a 4 game series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday with a 7-1 victory. The win is the Jays 2nd in a row and it now has their record at an even 25-25.
The offense had one of their better games this season compiling 10 hits and getting 4 of their RBI from one bat. Marco Scutaro had a great game for Toronto going 2-for-4 with 4 RBI. The RBI bring his season total to 16 and his batting average now stands at a respectable .270. Lyle Overbay also had a nice game for the club going 3-for-3 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. His season total for RBI now sit at 16 as well and his batting average is .287. Alex Rios also participated with a RBI going 2-for-4 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. He has his batting average at .263 and his RBI total up to 19.
Roy Halladay took the mound for the Blue Jays and pitched so well that manager John Gibbons decided to let him go the duration. Halladay pitched all 9 innings allowing just 4 hits, 1 run, no walks and 5 strike outs. He earned the win for the Jays bringing his record to 5-5 this season and his ERA to a very solid 3.11. This is exactly the kind of start you want to get from your ace and hopefully we see more to come.
Not a bad game for the Jays as they pretty much dominated every aspect of the game. They will now look forward to game 2 on Saturday at 1pm.
Toronto took the final 2 games of the 3 game set in their first outing of interleague play against the Philadelphia Phillies. The wins bring the Jays record to an even .500 at 23-23 and puts them in 4th place of the AL East.
Saturday’s victory was because of 2 homers that catcher Rod Barajas blasted in the 2nd and 9th innings. The homers helped push Toronto to the 6-3 win. Barajas went 2-for-4 with 5 RBI and 2 runs scored. One of his homers was a grand slam that took place in the 2nd inning giving the Jays an early 4-0 lead. The jacks bring his total to 3 for the season and his batting average now stands at .254. Scott Rolen also had a nice game going 2-for-4 including a double and a walk. His batting average has now climbed to a strong .312. A.J. Burnett took the mound in game 2 and pitched a very strong game. He worked 6 1/3rd innings allowing 4 hits, 2 runs, all earned, 3 walks and 8 Ks. He earned the win for the ball club bringing his record to 4-4 this season. B.J. Ryan came in to close out the game and did just that getting his 8th save of the season striking out 1 in the process.
The final game of the series was won by the Blue Jays because of back-to-back 3 run innings in the 5th and 6th. The win gives the Jays the series against the Phil’s as they win the set 2 games to 1. Shannon Stewart had a strong game for Toronto and he was a big part of the 3 run innings. Stewart went 1-for-3 with 2 RBI and a run scored. He brought his RBI total to 10 on the season and now had his batting average at .248. Rod Barajas had another good game going 2-for-3 with 1 RBI and a runs scored. His RBI total now stands at 10 and his batting average climbed to .273. Lyle Overbay came into pinch hit for one of the pitchers and hit 1-of-3 including a 2 run homer in the 5th inning. The homer is his 2nd of the season and his batting average is at .272. Due to a 2 and a half hour delay that was caused by rain, both teams had to go through 13 different pitchers to get though the game. Shawn Marcum was scheduled to get the start and he did but he only got the opportunity to pitch for 1 inning. In that time he allowed 2 hits, 2 runs and 3 Ks. The win was given to Jason Frasor who pitched 1 1/3rd innings giving up no hits, 1 runs and he struck out 1 as well. He was given the win for the ball club bringing his record to 1-0 and his ERA to 4.11. B.J. Ryan came in and got his 9th save of the season bringing his ERA to a stellar 0.64.
A strong weekend for the Jays that brings their record to .500 and are now places them back into the AL East race just 1.5 games back from 3rd place. They will now open up a 3 game series against the LA Angels on Tuesday looking to continue on their 2 game winning streak.
Toronto came into interleague play looking to extend their 4 game winning streak to 5 but such just wasn’t the case as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Blue Jays 10-3. The loss increases the amount of wins the Jays will need to get to the .500 mark from 1 win to 2. Toronto’s record now stands at 21-23 and despite the loss they are still in 4th place in the AL East over the New York Yankees.
The offense seemed to sputter its way through the game only getting 9 hits, 1 of which was for an extra base. Only 3 runs were produced, which with some solid pitching it might have been enough to at least make this a game, but unfortunately the pitching staff had a very difficult time getting Phillie batters out which shows in the score. Alex Rios had a solid game for the Jays going 2-for-4, including a double with 1 RBI and a run scored. His batting average is now at .260 and his RBI total sits at 17. Scott Rolen also had a nice game going 1-for-3 with 1 RBI and a walk. His batting average now stands at .301 and his RBI total is 10. Marco Scutaro also contributed with an RBI and hit 1-of-5 bringing his batting average to .245. Not much else to speak of offensively as the game was pretty much out of reach after 3 innings when the scored read 8-0.
Pitching, if you can call it that… Was pretty shaky AT BEST. David Purcey was given the start to begin interleague play and didn’t exactly impress with his showing. He only made it through 3 innings allowing 5 hits, 8 runs, all earned, 4 walks, 0 Ks and 2 Homers. He was given the loss for the game because when he left his club was already in the hole 8 runs. The loss brings his record to 0-1 and his ERA is at an ugly 11.05. The good news is that he is still young and it’s also good that these sorts of things are happening early in the season. We definitely don’t want to see these types of performance when the Jays are making a run towards the playoffs. Too bad for us is that the poor pitching didn’t end with Purcey. Jesse Litsch also worked 3 innings allowing an equal 5 hits. He did however only give up 2 runs, 1 homer and he struck out 4.
We’ll see if Toronto can recover from this beating and try to get back to their winning ways on Saturday in game 2 vs. the Phils. They were actually making their way up the AL Easy ladder before hitting this speed bump. The Jays are now just 2.5 games back from catching the O’s who stand in the 3rd place spot.
P.S. If you are a fantasy baseball type listen to this stat line: Jayson Werth, Outfielder for the Phillies, hit 3-for-4 with 8 RBI and 3 runs scored. As you may have guessed, all 3 of his hits went yard. Werth took his RBI total from 18 to 26 in 1 game!
The Blue Jays continued their winning streak on Thursday and completed the sweep against the Minnesota Twins with a 3-2 victory. The win puts them just 1 win away from getting to the .500 mark and it puts them ahead of the Yankees in the AL East. Toronto’s record is now 21-22 and they now sit in 4th place.
Both team offenses were quiet for pretty much the entire game which led to the clubs going into extra innings when the Jays took the game in the 11th. Scott Rolen had a good game for the Jays going 2-for-5 including a double with 1 RBI and a run scored. His batting average is now at an even .300 and his RBI total is at 9. Alex Rios also contributed in the win with his 16th RBI of the season going 1-for-5. The game winning RBI came off the bat of pinch hitting Joe Inglett who hit a single, driving in a run, and finishing the game in the 11th inning.
Dustin McGowan got the start for the Jays and pitched a solid game. He threw 5 innings allowing just 2 hits, 2 runs, 5 walks and 3 Ks. He didn’t earn the win because the game was still tied when he left but his ERA is now at 4.38. Shawn Camp did get the win though pitching just 1/3rd inning walking 1 batter in the process. His record is now 1-1 this season and his ERA is at 5.00. B.J. came in to close out the game and did just that getting his 7th save of the season while keeping his ERA at 0.00.
Good win for the good guys especially since the loss of Vernon Wells, which some expected the team to become even worse. It actually seems that they have come together and are looking to make a run towards the top of the AL East, which isn’t very far from away.
Toronto won their 3rd straight game Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins 6-5. The win gives the Blue Jays the series against the Twins winning the 1st and 2nd game of the 3 game set. Toronto now has their record at 20-22 but are still looking up at everyone else in the AL East.
If you just looked at the box score you would think that Minnesota won this game because they collected 11 hits to the Jays 6. Toronto owes the victory to the 1st inning where they managed 4 runs off the bat of DH Matt Stairs who hit a 1 out grand slam giving the Jays a 4-0 lead. Unfortunately the big lead didn’t last long because they gave up 3 runs of their own in the bottom half of the 1st. The rest of the game was close throughout with Toronto adding 1 run in the 4th and another in the 8th to give them the final score of 6-5. Matt Stair is my player of the game going 1-for-4 with 4 RBI and a run scored. He now has his batting average up to .304 and his homer total at 6. RF Brad Wilkerson also had a good game going 2-for-4 with 1 RBI and a run scored. He led the game off with his poor batting average at .224. Scott Rolen pitched in scoring 2 runs, hitting 1-of-3 and stealing his 2nd base of the year.
Toronto ace Roy Halladay took the mound for the Jays and pitched a tremendous game going 6 2/3rds innings allowing 9 hits, 4 runs and 8 Ks. He earned the win for his team bringing his record to 4-5 and his ERA to 3.49. Scott Downs came in to close the game up and did just that earing his 5th save of the season keeping his ERA at 2.60. Boof Bonser got the start for the Twins and didn’t have as much luck as Toronto pitchers. Bonser pitched 6 innings giving up 5 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks and the 1st inning grand slam to Matt Stairs. He was given the loss for his team bringing his record to 2-5 and his ERA up to 5.37.
It seems the Jays have hit a nice grove and got exactly what they needed from their Ace. They will need to keep up this improved play because they are running into teams that have above .500 records and will need to bring their A game.
Toronto won their 1st meeting of a 4 game series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday in a 2-0 victory. Blue Jay pitchers nearly shut down the Sox completely only giving up 2 hits in the game, both hits came from the same player. The win is the Jays 2nd in a row and now brings their record to 13-17 keeping them in last place in the AL East.
Not many offensive highlights in this one as the Jays only collected 5 hits themselves. Shannon Stewart, taking on the DH role, went 2-for-3 with the only 2 RBI in the game. The RBI give him 6 for the season and he no has his batting average at .226. Vernon Wells also had a nice game hiting 2-of-3 with a run scored. His batting average has begun to sink a little but he has it at .257. The only other run scored in the game came from Scott Rolen who went 1-for-3. Since returning from injury Rolen has his batting average up to .308.
Shawn Marcum had a fantastic game for the Toronto ball club. He pitched 6 and 2/3rds innings giving up just 2 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks and 9 K’s. He earned the win for the Jays bringing his record to 3-2 and his ERA down to 2.70. Jeremy Accardo, Shawn Camp, and Jesse Carlson all record holds in the game working a combined 1 and 2/3rds innings without giving up 1 hits. Scott Downs came in to close out the game and did just getting his 2nd save of the season bringing his ERA to 3.65.
A great game for the pitching staff, picking up the slack for the hitters who had a hard time getting their game together. These are exactly the types of games the Jays are going to need if they want to claw their way back into the AL East race.
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