I think I could get used to Vernon Wells having good years again. If the first two games of 2010 are any indication, the $927 million man could just be in for one of his signature once-every-five-years-or-so seasons — V-Dub followed his three-hit Opening Day effort with a pair of homers tonight, including a two-run tie-breaker in the fifth, to lead the Jays to their first win, 7-4 over the Rangers. Through two games, chalk up five hits, five runs, three home runs and six RBIs for everyone’s favourite superstar.
Toronto managed only five hits in the win but drew 10 walks, including five in three-plus innings from Rich Harden, whose arm miraculously didn’t fall off after the start. Harden walked home a pair of runs in the fourth before getting the hook with two outs. The only hit the Jays managed off Harden was a solo homer from powerhouse newcomer Alex Gonzalez, who is yet to pose with any of the league’s other up-and-coming shortstops for a Sports Illustrated pictorial, like his namesake famously did back in the day.
Brian Tallet was solid in his season debut, lasting six-and-two-thirds and giving up four runs, two earned. After Wells’ solo shot gave the Jays a three-run lead in the top of the ninth, Jason Frasor worked around a leadoff double to bounce back and grab his first save. Take that, loyal reader Angry Mike Zandbergen.
With the first two games split, the Jays and Rangers wrap it up with a Ricky Romero-C.J. Wilson tilt tomorrow afternoon.