Posted by: Jeremy | June 20, 2010

Giants fight back, avoid sweep

Sanchez put it away with a three-run homer in the sixth

Welcome back to the bullpen, Brian Tallet. The lefty was officially re-initiated into the Jays’ relief corps this afternoon, giving up five runs in the sixth inning to turn a one-run lead into a 7-3 deficit in a game Toronto eventually lost 9-6 to the Giants. Tallet relieved Shaun Marcum, who gave up a couple runs (one of which was unearned, thanks to another Edwin Encarnacion masterpiece at third) over five scrappy innings.

Marcum wasn’t at his best — he walked five and threw 102 pitches over five — but got out of jams and left in position to win, thanks to a two singles by John Buck that cashed in a pair and a single run in the second and third. Tallet put to bed any chances of holding on immediately, walking Edgar Renteria to start the sixth before giving up a double to Aaron Rowand, a single to Andres Torres and a three-run bomb to Freddy Sanchez. Pat Burrell added a two-run homer off David Purcey with two down in the eighth after Fred Lewis dropped an Aubrey Huff liner a couple batters earlier.

Toronto clawed its way closer in the ninth after Cito went to his bench, thanks in part to a Johnny McDonald two-run homer — just the 14th of his career, and all-the-more incredible considering it came in his first at-bat since his dad passed away last week. Even the nicest guy in the world can’t be expected to do something that fine on Father’s Day, but Johnny Mac did. Definitely one of the most touching moments I’ve witnessed watching baseball, and a bit of a happy ending to an another dismal game.

The Jays still come out with two of three against the Giants despite the loss, with St. Louis in for a three-gamer starting Tuesday. Brett Cecil (7-3, 3.58) gets the ball in the opener against the Cardinals’ Jaime Garcia (6-3, 1.59).



  1. I hope they gave Johnny Mac that ball!! E.E earned his way to Vegas, just in time for the team to take on Another NL team (how many HR’s against which league, again??)
    I’m watching the division pull away, and it isn’t that slow anymore. NYY, T-Bay, and even the Bosox are getting their shit together for a major push against each other….while the Jays get to go back to their routine. That’s fade now, float until mid-September, then catch fire until the end of the season. Of course, they’re taking on bench players and call-ups in the end…but a win is a win all the same.
    When does it go from the season slipping away, and low attendance, to the final farewell tour (and this time, he means it!!!) for Cito??

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