Posted by: Jeremy | June 5, 2010

Hill rips winner, Jays win in 14

No legs were broken in this celebration

Walk-off wins are always great, and they’re all the better when they come against the Yankees. Toronto grabbed one this afternoon, winning 3-2 on Aaron Hill’s game-winning single in the 14th off former Blue Jay great Chad Gaudin. That, after another impressive start from Ricky Romero and six innings of shutout ball from the same bullpen that looked on its way to ruining any hopes of hanging tough just a few days ago.

Hill’s one-out liner plated Edwin Encarnacion, who led off the inning with a walk and moved up on a Fred Lewis sac bunt. Sure, the Jays very likely could’ve ended the game the same way three innings prior, but Cito Gaston decided he’d rather Alex Gonzalez ground into a double play than move Jose Bautista to second for Lyle Overbay’s single. Either way, a win is a win. I’ll take the night off from bashing Cito and save myself from being belittled by the old fella, like my man Mike Wilner was Thursday before being given the weekend off. Sidenote: How ridiculous is that?

The winner was the first run since the bottom of the seventh, when Gonzalez scraped the back of the left field bullpen wall to tie it at two. Vernon Wells also homered off Little Andrew Pettitte to start the second for the Jays, and Derek Jeter accounted for both New York runs with a two-run shot in the fifth. Aside from Jeter’s homer, though, Romero was in control — he lasted eight innings, striking out seven and giving up just five hits to earn his ninth quality start in 12 times out this year, pulling into the American League lead in innings pitched (85 1/3) and strikeouts (86) in the process.

Another big story, of course, was the work of the Jays’ bullpen: Fresh off a couple hellish nights against Tampa Bay, four Toronto relievers combined to shut down the Yankee bats from innings nine through 14, with Casey Janssen pitching the final two to pick up his fourth win of the season. Scotty Downs pitched a perfect eighth, Kevin Gregg struck out the side in the ninth and Scott Camp made quick work in the 11th and 12th. I’ll say this about Camp, too: He’s really turned himself into quite the reliable reliever, after being little more than a mop-up guy when he joined the team in 2008.

Anyway, two straight against the Yankees makes me feel a whole lot better after the way the Rays series wrapped up. Time to get the brooms ready? You bet. Brandon Morrow (4-4, 6.00) is on the hill against the ever-useless Javier Vazquez (4-5 6.06) in the finale tomorrow.



  1. Still liking this team right now. You kinda have to if you’re gonna invest 4 hours in them like I did today. Great win though.

  2. We scan the diaries each month and pick a winner who wins 3 of the latest Miriam Stoppard books. Tie Downs Wholesale

  3. Wilner’s a putz (not a J.J..but the other way)!!!!! It seems that the game is passing the old guy by. The brain trust at Rogers can’t fire him because of his current set up, and future few years, so no matter what happens… The team has to live with him at the helm.
    Maybe its time to hit up the ChiSox for either Jenks or Putz??? Jenks is a PURE ASSHOLE!!!!! SEEN HIMIN ACTION MYSELF, THIS IS NOT SECOND HAND. But, maybe the team needs a fat fire-baller down there….

  4. @Mike: Yeah, I’m still feeling them too. How can you not be impressed by the way they bounced back from those Rays games? Tough one today, so hopefully they rebound the same way in Tampa Bay.

  5. @bill: I’d take either of those guys to close out games over what we’re working with right now…

  6. Yeah and next we’ll be debating oil spills! 🙂

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