Posted by: Jeremy | September 26, 2010

Please don’t go, Baltimore


Matt Wieters, still trying to figure out how to hit

In a perfect world, the Jays would play every game at home against the Baltimore Orioles and they’d go 162-0. There would be no other teams, so we’d get them in the World Series by default and sweep that, too. The Jays continued their run of dominance against the O’s this afternoon, winning 5-2 to wrap the season series at 15-3, including 9-0 at home, where they’ve now won 23 of 25 against Baltimore dating back to early 2008.

Shaun Marcum was a rock, giving up a lone unearned run on four singles over seven innings, running his record to 13-8 and dropping his ERA to 3.63 in the process. Shawn Camp ran into some trouble in the eighth, but Jason Frasor came in to get the final four outs and grab his fourth save of the year.

The Jays went homerless for the first time since around 2004, but picked up a run apiece in the first three innings on a Vernon Wells RBI single, a Johnny Mac sac fly and a two-out double from Lyle Overbay to cash Jose Bautista, who’d been hit by starter Rick VandenHurk two batters earlier. After Marcum grazed Luke Scott with a pitch in the fourth, Baltimore reliever Alfredo Simon came in and hit Bautista his next time up, resulting in his and manager Buck Showalter’s ejection. Unlike with Ivan Nova’s buzz job on Bautista last month, nobody really reacted, probably because the O’s just aren’t worth getting that worked up about.

Adam Lind had three of the Jays’ nine hits and McDonald added a two-out, two-run single in the sixth to make things comfortable. Toronto’s pitchers also combined to hold Baltimore’s 1-2 hitters, Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis, hitless in nine at-bats after giving up seven hits to the pair in the series’ first two games. Marcum struck out Roberts three times, including to end the seventh and set off a Pizza Pizza frenzy for the 17,831 in attendance at Rogers Centre for Fan Appreciation Day.

The win bumps the Jays to 80-75, with the scuffling idiot Yankees in for three to close the home schedule starting tomorrow. The always-tough Marc Rzepczynski (2-4, 5.75) goes for Toronto, with some jackass named A.J. Burnett (a horrendous 10-14, 5.05) on the hill for New York.

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  1. never heard of that jackass

  2. Less than 20,000 for appreciation day??? SAD!!!!! But its not really much of a deal, because the players don’t care about the fans!!!! They get money if the seats are empty, or full. One good thing about it is that Pizza Pizza doesn’t have to make as much food up to fulfill the promotion.
    I didn’t have the cash to go in, but I only like the day for the freebie. The players that come out to sign, are either the bench guys or bullpen. I once saw Doc come out, but only for five minutes. Then there’s the hitting gloves that get thrown up over the dugout after the game, which is like a mosh pit of teenage boys and fat old men. The old guys try to hold their turf, as the kids will jump over anything for a souvenir that will be thrown away by next opening day.
    But then again, I’m still a little pissed that they didn’t have a team autograph session. Oh wait, it was after a game on a Sunday for season holders only……ELITIST BULLSHIT for jerk offs who wouldn’t stick around for it (except the $2 season pass honeys that think they’re part of the team)!!
    The Team needs an image make-over, and be fan friendly. And Fan appreciation day sounds like the fans showed their appreciation on Sunday.

  3. They didn’t sign before the game yesterday, and I wouldn’t expect them to do it Wednesday either. We’ll see though…

  4. Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!


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