After losing 8 of 10 on the last road trip of the season, the Jays managed to kick off their last home stand with a 6-0 win over the Yankees.
Brandon Morrow went the deepest in a game since before he went on the disabled list in June. Morrow pitched seven strong innings, only giving up four hits. After facing five batters in the seventh and needing 21 pitches to get through the inning, Morrow’s night was done and the Jays’ bullpen came in to close out the game.
Brad Lincoln got a three-up-three-down inning by striking out former-Jay Jayson Nix, then getting a fly out and a ground out. Darren Oliver pitched the ninth. Although he hit Alex Rodriguez to start the inning, then gave up a single to put runners on first and second, Oliver got fly outs to all three outfielders to end the game.
Brett Lawrie got the Jays’ offense started early, hitting a two-run shot to right in the third. Edwin Encarnacion drove in three runs on the night, bringing his season RBI total to 110. His first two came on a double to right in the fifth inning, following by a run-scoring groundout in the seventh. J.P. Arencibia hit his 18th homerun on the eighth inning, giving the Jays a nice 6-0 cushion heading into the Yankees’ last at bat.
In a season marred by injuries and their horrendous timing, this last weekend series of the season must be bittersweet in ways for Toronto. They can play for pride and do their best to act as spoilers with New York in town, but the early season thoughts of them chasing a Wild Card spot were not unfounded. It’s hard to know what the season could have been like had three starters not done down in a week in June, or had key players not been injured at the same time like Jose Bautista and Lawrie. Still, for those who have watched the team develop under the current management and coaching squad, it’s not hard to believe the Jays’ could be contenders next season. There’s never any telling who will make it into the post-season, but flashes of what the Jays could be when healthy appeared all season.
Game two against the Yankees is Friday night. Rookie Chad Jenkins makes his second major-league start. Even though he was handed the loss, his one earned run on two hits over five innings in Tampa last week was impressive. The Yankees will counter with Hiroki Kuroda.
First pitch is set for 7:07 p.m.
About the Author
Written by Amanda Tallon
Self-professed baseball nerd, blogger, writer, tweeter, learning addict and once colour commentator. Celebrating over twenty years of love with the Toronto Blue Jays and the beautiful game of baseball. I also contribute to thegalsgotgame.com, a sports website for business women by women.