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It's sponsored post time, this time the subject is a 'perfect game' game from the Blue Jays history.
No Blue Jay pitcher has thrown a perfect game for us. Dave Stieb has our one no-hitter, back on September 2, 1990, on the road, against the Cleveland Indians. He walked 4 and struck out 9.
In my mind the Blue Jays have had 2 'perfect games'. Game 6 of the 1992 World Series and Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Those are my two favorite games ever.
Both games ended with Joe Carter being the last one to touch the ball. In 1992 he was playing first base and caught the throw from Mike Timlin, on Otis Nixon's bunt single attempt. And, in 1993, well you know.
Let's talk about the 1993, since it was just on TV this weekend, thank you Sportsnet. The first thing I noticed, watching the game again, is that people in the stands weren't wearing Blue Jays jerseys or caps or really anything in Blue Jay colors. My memory is that jerseys were considered very expensive, my parents would have never considered buying me anything like that. The first jersey I got was an Expos one, with Gary Carter's number 8 on the back, and I bought that with money from my first part-time job. Now everyone has team colors.
On the field, what we forget is the that Jays were up early in the game, 3-0 after 1 inning and 5-1 after 5 innings. That first inning was fun, helped along by World Series MVP Paul Molitor's triple ad a Joe Carter sac fly. Carter led the league in sac flies in 1992 and 1994.
An Ed Sprague sac fly in the 4th and a Molitor homer in 5th and at the end of 6 innings, with the 5-1 lead, we had a 94% Winning Expectancy.
But the WE number didn't know that Dave Stewart was going to fall apart in the 7th. A walk, single and home run, to start the inning, made it a 5-4 game and prompted Cito Gaston to pull Stewart from the game. Right-hander Danny Cox came in. It didn't go well. He gave up a single to Mariano Duncan, struck out John Kruk and gave up another single to Dave Hollins, scoring Duncan. Tie game.
Up next were the left-handed bats of Darren Daulton, Jim Eisenreich and Milt Thompson . 99 out of 100 managers would have brought in their lefty reliever at this point. Cox didn't look good. Why Cito didn't, I have no idea. The first two lefties walk and single.
We load the bases in the 8th but don't score. It's looking bad, and I remember thinking that Pat Hentgen would start game 7 and I had confidence in him. Going into the bottom of the 9th the Phillies had an 80% Win Expectancy. Or would have had, with an average closer. Lucky for us they had Mitch Williams for a closer.
Mitch had a save in game 2 and a blown save/loss in our 15-14 win in game 4. Mitch was wild. He's also my favorite closer ever. Mitch walks Ricky Henderson. A fly out by Devon White and a single from Molitor and Joe Carter comes to the plate. You know the rest of the story.
The career defining moment for Joe. I'm sure he has never paid for a drink in Toronto since that day.
Jays of the Day were Carter (.596 WPA), Molitor (.273).
Molitor had a terrific series hitting .500/.571/1.000, with 2 home runs, 2 triples and 2 doubles, picking up the series MVP award. Roberto Alomar also had a great series, hitting .480/.519/.640, with 4 stolen bases.
Suckage numbers go to Danny Cox (-.341), Pat Borders (-.185) and Devon White (-.163), but we won, so all is forgiven.
What happened to Mitch Williams after that? The next year he was traded to the Astros and put up a 7.65 ERA in 25 games with them, from there he went to the Angels and the Royals, but his career pretty much flamed out with that pitch.
Our second consecutive World Series win, and it seemed like we had a team that would keep going to the playoffs for the next several years. 20 years later, this might be the year we get back to playoff baseball.