Posted by: Jeremy | September 22, 2009

David Purcey is back (at least for one night)

Purcey was in form last night

Purcey was in form last night

Despite his inconsistency as a rookie in 2008, I had David Purcey pegged for a big season. Needless to say, that didn’t come anywhere close to happening. After struggling horribly with his control in five April starts, Purcey was dumped to Vegas, where he didn’t exactly turn heads — a 4.46 ERA and 78 walks in 139 innings. Purcey, back in the Jays’ rotation to close out the season, had his best start of 2009 in last night’s 9-2 win over Baltimore, going seven-and-two-thirds, giving up just four hits and a run.

Purcey’s command wasn’t exactly impeccable — he walked four, though two came with two outs in the eighth before Shawn Camp came and closed the door. Still, a nice performance for a guy that fell out of favour pretty quickly this year. The win was his first in seven starts with Toronto in 2009.

Lyle Overbay and Johnny McDonald hit solo homers for the Jays, while Travis Snider drove home three (despite striking out three times) and Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion each had a pair of RBIs. Encarnacion also managed to make the worst throw in the history of third basemen in the top of the third, pulling Overbay about 105 feet to the left of the bag on a Cesar Izturis’ routine ground ball. Oh well, at least we’re starting to get something out of the guy’s bat.

The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Jays. Brian Tallet gets the ball tonight against Mark Hendrickson in a matchup that proves you can be a tall and not-so-talented lefty and still find work in the big leagues. If there’s an inspiration for Purcey to keep truckin’, this is it.



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