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Morrow shines in Vizquel’s swan song
Posted By Amanda Tallon On Oct 4 2012 @ 5:06 am In Toronto Blue Jays | No Comments
Brandon Morrow definitely saved his best for last, having his best start since returning from the disabled list, on the last day of the season.
Striking out five of the first six batters he faced, it was easy to tell early on that Morrow had his best stuff working on the night. His eight innings, three hits, three walks, and one earned run with eleven strikeouts is one of the best pitching lines by a Blue Jays’ starter all season. Morrow set his season high in strikeouts on Wednesday night and with his tenth win prevented from Toronto from having no starter in double digits for wins.
The Jays’ defense was solid on the night, except for a non-converted double play in the fourth. With the bases loaded and one out, the Twins’ Matt Carson hit a ground ball to third base. Brett Lawrie threw to Adeiny Hechavarria for the out at second, but Yan Gomes was unable to hold on to the ball at first to get the second out on the play which allowed the run to score. Had the play been completed, Toronto would have more than likely shutout Minnesota.
Offensively, the Jays took advantage of a two-out triple to right by Anthony Gose. Rajai Davis followed with a single left. With Hechavarria at the plate, Davis stole second base. Running on the first pitch after his first steal of the night, Davis scored at Hechavarria hit a line shot to centre for a single. It was all the scoring Toronto would need on the night.
Brandon Lyon pitched the ninth inning, giving up a one-out single before getting a fly out and a ground out to end the game, and the Jays’ season. Toronto managed to end on a high night, sweeping the Twins for the last series of the season.
It was a historical night as Omar Vizquel played in his last game. Starting at shortstop, Vizquel received numerous ovations, first of which came with his first at bat. After making an over-the-shoulder basket catch in shallow left in the seventh, the crowd applauded the great play, the last defensive playoff Vizquel’s career. In the bottom of the inning with two out, Vizquel managed a single to centre field in his last at bat, securing the 40th spot on the all-time hits list. The hit followed a standing ovation that had Vizquel tipping his cap a few times to the crowd before getting down to the business of hitting.
In the ninth with two out, John Farrell replaced Vizquel allowing him to walk off the field. Hugging his teammates on his way to the dugout, it was apparent how much the moment meant to Vizquel who again tipped his cap and waved to the cheering crowd.
Finishing in fourth with a 73-89 record is a disappointiment for the Jays. Although they avoided the 90 loss mark, 2012 was nowhere close to being the season the team was expecting. But, it’s apparent to see after watching the team for the full season that there are some great pieces in place moving forward into 2013.
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