Just when all hope seems lost, Shaun Marcum comes along, pitches a gem and reminds me how crazy I am about the Jays’ young pitching staff. The righty, fresh off a rare pummeling at the hands of the Rays last Wednesday, tossed seven strong innings last night and the Jays got back on track with a 6-3 win in San Diego.
The Jays, entering with 10 runs combined in the first six games of the current road trip, scored four times in the second, with John Buck plating a pair with a homer and Aaron Hill driving home another two on the first of his three doubles on the night. Buck added a solo shot — his 11th of the year — in the eighth for good measure. Lyle Overbay and DeWayne Wise also had two hits apiece for Toronto.
Marcum bounced back from giving up seven runs against Tampa Bay by giving up just three (two earned) on six hits in seven innings to improve to 6-3. He survived a scare, too, in the seventh after an Alex Gonzalez error and a pair of singles loaded the bases for the Padres with none out, but escaped with a lone unearned run by retiring the next three hitters. Shockingly, Scotty Downs and Kevin Gregg survived the final two innings free of damage, with Gregg picking up his 16th save with a scoreless ninth.
The win is the Jays’ second in seven games thus far on the trip, with the incomparable Brett Cecil (7-2, 3.22) gunning for number three against Matt Latos (6-4, 3.24) tonight. After wrapping up Wednesday, they’re home Friday for a three-gamer against Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants.