Posted by: Jeremy | June 19, 2010

Jesse Litsch is alright


Litsch had no trouble over seven innings against the Giants

Jesse Litsch sucks, at least according to most Jays fans. That’s why he gave up just three hits and no runs over seven innings in his second start since Tommy John surgery against the third-best hitting team in the National League this afternoon, right? Litsch and San Francisco’s Matt Cain matched each other pitch-for-pitch much of the day, but an Aaron Hill two-run shot in the eighth snapped a scoreless tie in an eventual 3-0 Jays win.

Litsch, coming off a beating in his season debut in Colorado last weekend, tossed seven shutout innings before leaving after 94 pitches. He was in control all day, walking none and giving up little flares over the infield for two of the three hits he surrendered, with the other a Pablo Sandoval double with one out in the second. I said it after his first start and I’ll say it again — Litsch is a good pitcher. Not flashy, but two sub-4.00 ERA seasons before the age of 24 is nothing to argue with. I’m glad to have him on the tail end of our strong young rotation the rest of this year.

Shawn Camp, who relieved Litsch, picked up the win by pitching a scorless eighth. Hill’s homer came after Fred Lewis drew a two-out walk, and consecutive singles by Adam Lind, Vernon Wells and Alex Gonzalez brought around another to make it 3-0. Kevin Gregg was flawless in the ninth for the second straight game to grab his 19th save.

The win is the Jays’ second straight against the Giants fourth of five overall, bumping them to 38-31 — only good enough for fourth in the division, but just three-and-a-half back of New York for first. Toronto goes for the sweep tomorrow, but it’ll have to be done against another strong San Francisco starter — Jonathan Sanchez comes in having given up just 59 hits in 81 innings this season and is among National League leaders with a 2.77 ERA. The Jays counter with no slouch of their own in Shaun Marcum (6-3, 3.31).

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  2. Litsch still sucks!!! He gives off the air that he’ll try only when he has to…. and after that ass whooping in Colorado, HE HAD TO!!!! I doubt he’d walk the way he does if he was going to the BUS, instead of the team PLANE!!!!!!
    The Giants didn’t know much of him, and that helped. The offense of majority HR’s doesn’t do much when the pitching is superb. Hill’s shot was a mistake from Cain, and the next run after was from being rattled.
    What if the line up was Lewis, Gonzalez, Hill, Bautista, Wells, Buck, Lind, Overbay, and E.E at ninth???

  3. Haha, one day you’ll realize the kid can pitch.

    I’m up for any changes to the lineup, but it won’t make much of a difference if none of them start hitting. If anything, I’d separate the two lefties, Lind and Overbay…

  4. Litsch is a slug and can’t throw at all. Get rid of this bum he is almost more inconsistent then Josh Towers! For the sake of the Jays season please bench this guy.

  5. Inconsistent? He’s made three starts…


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