Brian Tallet in extras in a tie game on the road? Really? Sounds like a plan, if you’re Cito Gaston. Tallet got the ball in a 3-3 tie last night in Baltimore and actually survived two innings before a Luke Scott single ended it in the eleventh, handing the Orioles their first win in 13 tries against the Jays this year, 4-3.
Alright, so how was nobody else available? Scott Downs threw 17 pitches Sunday against Tampa Bay, so was another inning gonna make his arm fall off (and with him likely gone after this season, what’s the issue)? Could he not have thrown right-handed and still been better than Tallet? I think so. Casey Janssen, David Purcey, Josh Roenicke and even the infamous Kevin Gregg — not quite Cy Young candidates, but better options than Tallet, in my opinion — were all passed up in favour of the big lefty, who came in with a 6.36 ERA and having given up 18 homers in 69 innings.
Toronto got another shaky start from Marc Rzepczynski, though he scratched his way through five innings and managed to give up just two runs on six hits, including a home run to Brian Roberts to start the game — the second straight start in which he’s given one up to the leadoff man. The Jays got one back on Edwin Encarnacion’s solo homer in the sixth, and after a Baltimore run off Shawn Camp in the seventh, scored a pair the next inning on a two-out, two-run single from Yunel Escobar. Escobar also managed a pair of other singles, giving him three of Toronto’s seven hits for the night.
The loss has the Jays treading close to .500 again, at 73-71. Baltimore, meanwhile, won for the 24th time in 38 games since Buck Showalter stepped in as manager, leaving me wondering why the Yankees ever fired him in the mid-nineties and just how many World Series they would’ve won if they’d kept him at the helm instead of Joe Torre. Forget four in five years — I’m thinking with Showalter it probably would’ve been 13 in 14. Anyway, it’ll be Shawn Hill (0-1, 5.06) making his second start of the year against Jake Arrieta (5-6, 4.96) tonight.