Welcome back, Moonraker! (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Starting pitcher Jo-jo Reyes didn't exactly pitch well (5 2/3 IP, 0 K, 3 BB, 8 H, 3 R (0 ER), but he pitched -- as is so often said -- "well enough to win." Well, show me someone who doesn't pitch well enough to win when your offence puts up 11 runs. Of course, after some of the losses and no decisions he took this season, it is nice to get him an easy win.
While the bullpen didn't cough up the lead (it's tough to cough it up when you score 8 runs in the first six innings), as a unit, they didn't exactly look great. Octavio Dotel came on in relief of Jojo in the sixth and pitched well, getting the last out (to strand two baserunners) and then pitched a perfect seventh. For the eighth inning, Shawn Camp came in and then the wheels fell off. Camp pitched to four batters, recording zero outs before being lifted for Jason Frasor with the bases loaded. Frasor gave up a hit, allowing two runners to score but got out of the inning without any further damage, managing to preserve the three run lead. After the Jays added a couple more insurance runs, Jon Rauch came in to close it out in the ninth and helped himself out of trouble with two strikeouts.
Well, obviously the bats were alive tonight against Mitch Talbot. All the starters had at least one hit, except Jose Bautista (who walked twice) and Aaron Hill (who walked once). Travis Snider (3-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI), Edwin Encarnacion (4-5, 2B, 4 R), and Rajai Davis (3-4, 2B. 2 R, 4 RBI) all had great days at the dish and Yunel Escobar (2-5, 2B, RBI) and Eric Thames (2-5) added two hits apiece.
Jays of the Day go to the Maharajai (.269), EE (.158), Yunel (.105), and Moonraker (.102)
I'm going to give an honourable mention to Dotel for stranding the two baserunners and Frasor for stopping the bleeding in the eighth.
J.P. Arencibia gets the Hinske and Camp gets the Batista