Posted by: Jeremy | June 1, 2010

Morrow strong, Jays take opener


Morrow had his best start as a Jay

I don’t even know how I feel about the Jays winning — I’m so used to Toronto teams playing meaningless games that it’s making me pretty, pretty shaky. Kind of like Joba Chamberlain on a Nebraskan highway shaky. Either way, they’re getting it done — Brandon Morrow did the honours tonight, tossing seven strong innings in a tight 3-2 win over the first place Rays.

Morrow took a no-no to the sixth before a two-out infield single by Sean Rodriguez, then left with a 3-0 lead after walking John Jaso to lead off the eighth. Scotty Downs allowed Jaso and another run to score, setting up a one-run game for Kevin Gregg to close out in a form only B.J. Ryan could appreciate — after striking out Carl Crawford, Gregg gave up a triple to Evan Longoria and walked Carlos Pena before getting a couple grounders to escape with the save.

Toronto’s bats got to Matt Garza for the second time this year, jumping on their now-former (knock on wood)  nemesis early with an Adam Lind two-run homer in the first. Aaron Hill added an RBI single a few innings later — one of 10 hits Garza surrendered before being chased with two outs in the seventh. Hill had three of Toronto’s 11 total hits, bumping his average to a sparkling .179 — about 100 points off where it’ll be in a couple months. Count on it.

On a sweet side note, I caught David Price poking fun at Morrow’s 6.66 ERA during batting practice. Here’s the question I posed to Price in return: “What’s B.J. Upton’s batting average?”. (The answer: A smoking .216 coming in.) Okay, I didn’t actually say that, but just felt like mentioning how much Upton sucks.

So, the series-opening win bumps Toronto to 31-22 — a game back of the Yankees and three-and-a-half back of the Rays in the division. Brian Tallet (1-1, 6.11) comes off the disabled list to start tomorrow, with Jeff Niemann (5-0, 2.37) getting the ball on the other side.

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Responses

  1. What’s a Blue Jays save without someone having to be thrown out at the plate?! Liked the effort last night.

  2. Should’ve flipped the Devil horns to Price, and said something roughly about us making a deal with the Devil to win it all this year!!!!
    These nerve-racking saves are annoying. I liked the game last night, but it showed how the Jays get that one good inning early on and sit on it for the rest of the game. They’ve done it before, and not be able to get their shit together in time to stop the comeback win by the other team.

    Can you get me a ball signed by Price, and tell him its for Damien.

  3. @Brendan: I would’ve settled for a runner being thrown out at any base tonight, as opposed to the Kevin Gregg walkathon.

  4. @bill: I didn’t feel comfortable with the leads neither last night or tonight. We dodged a bullet once, but I’m not shocked it caught up to us tonight. I’d give Gregg the benefit of the doubt if he had a good track record as a closer, but he doesn’t exactly…


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