Posted by: Jeremy | September 23, 2010

Bautista hits #50, Jays sneak by King Felix


Bautista's 50th homer was good for the game's only run

The Jays are the latest chapter in what’s become the story of Felix Hernandez’s season. The righty went the distance for Seattle and gave up a lone first inning home run — Jose Bautista’s 50th of the season — but still lost 1-0, dropping his record to 12-12 despite having arguably the best stuff in all of baseball this year. King Felix’s ERA fell to an AL-best 2.31 and he ran his innings total to 241 2/3, tying Roy Halladay atop the majors, but failed to receive more than three runs of support for the 11th time in his last 14 starts.

Bautista’s first inning wall-scraper made him the first 50-homer man in Jays history and the first in the majors since Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder in 2007. Hernandez followed with walks of Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay, but settled in and gave up just one more hit the rest of the game — an infield single to Travis Snider to start the sixth.

Shaun Hill had the best of his three starts in the bigs this month, shutting out the potent Seattle lineup over five innings while striking out seven. Brad Mills, Jason Frasor and Scott Downs each pitched a shutout inning to set up the Kevin Gregg Show, which started with a Matt Mangini single before a pair of strikeouts and an Ichiro pop-up to end it. Ichiro was 2-for-5, with his second hit his 200th of the season — the 10th straight year he’s reached the milestone.

The win comes after a 6-3 Seattle win in the middle game, but gives the Jays a 2-1 series win with Baltimore coming in for three starting Friday night. Brett Cecil (13-7, 4.25) goes for Toronto in the opener against Jeremy Guthrie (10-14, 3.92).

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  1. And all of this for Robinson Diaz. Who knew J.P. Ricciardi was such a genius?

    But seriously, Bautista is also close to becoming a member of an even more exclusive club, the 50 homer, 100 walk club, which I believe only 14 other players have accomplished (and we’re talking about Babe Ruth territory). Hardly any of Bautista’s walks have been intentional, either.

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  3. His plate discipline just goes to show how much he’s matured as a hitter. Even before his power surge, he was getting on via the walk — 13 times in the first 11 games of the year, I believe. Last year his OBP was more than 100 points above his average too.

    As for the 50/100 walk club, I had no idea it was so exclusive. Oh well, just another sign of how great he’s been this year…

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  5. I was in a car, listening to the HR while stuck in traffic at the off ramp to Spadina St. Turns out he hit it where I would’ve sitting roughly. I hate traffic!!!
    The Ichiro 200th hit was cool, but not many realized what was going on. The Asian invasion that shows up and worships him did, but all the signs were in Japanese….so the rest of us were relying on baseball wits for that one.
    I will say its kind of pathetic that the attendance was only around 13,000. If it wasn’t kids school day….there would’ve been less than 10,000 for arguably the highlight of the Toronto sports year!!!

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