The Jays overcame a shaky start today to even the last first-half series at 1 and 1.
On the Mound:
Brandon Morrow had problems early and often. He walked in a run in the first and gave up a couple more runs on doubles in the second. His 4 Ks through 4 innings helped things not get too out of hand, and he was victimized by an EE error and some dodgy officiating, but it wasn't one of his better efforts. Still a nice step forward for Morrow this half-season, though.
At the Plate:
The Jays teed off against John Lackey last time out, and this time out wasn't any different. They immediately struck back in the first, and even managed to score a few runs on successive hits rather than the long ball. About half way through the game, though, they switched back to their long-balling ways. Notable performances were Alex Gonzalez (2-5 with a HR and an RBI double), Fred Lewis (reached base 4 times from the leadoff spot and stole 2 bags), Jose Bautista (his 24th home run and the dream season continues for J-Bau), Adam Lind (4 very nice at-bats, 3 hits including an opposite field HR), Aaron Hill (just 1-4 but it was a double and he looked quite a bit better, hitting several balls very hard). Only Vernon Wells (who walked) and Jose Molina (who lined out) failed to collect a hit.
From the Pen:
Shawn Camp picked up the win with an inning and two thirds of scoreless ball (3 Ks, no walks), and Jason Frasor, Marc Rzepczynski (pitching on his bullpen day) and Kevin Gregg finished things up without letting the Sox get back in it.
Jays of the Day: Jason Frasor, Fred Lewis, Adam Lind, and Alex Gonzalez, with honourable mention going to the Camper and to Aaron Hill. Tomorrow's game is the last before the break and will feature Jesse Litsch and Daisuke Matsuzaka, two young pitchers trying to get back on track.
Today's recap title is the responsive line from the same song as the game thread, "The Ice of Boston" by the Dismemberment Plan. Dersu Uzala was great, by the way.