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Jays Defeat Royals to Save Series

The Happy Recap
The Jays defeated the Kansas City Royals, 7-4, to win the series.

Gustavo Chacin got the start for the Jays and was okay, surrendering 3 runs in 5 innings as a result of 5 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 4. Thanks to great hitting by the Jays lineup (all but Zaun had at least 1 hit), that was enough for the win. Troy Glaus was hobbling but homered, doubled, and walked twice. Aaron Hill added 3 hits and some much appreciated insurance runs in the 8th. Alex Rios doubled in 2 and also drew his first walk of the season. Janssen, Frasor, and Ryan combined to nail down the final 4 innings.

Clayton Watch : Royce acquitted himself well enough at the plate (2-4) but made his first error of the season.

Waxing Gibbons/Waning Gibbons :
Waxing Gibbons . The man my fine co-blogger Big Ear calls "Boomhower" is known for his quick hook, but in this case, I thought it was a good move. Why stick with the starter when you have the talent that the Jays have coming out of the pen? Not only do they have the talent, but Downs, Janssen, Marcum, and Zambrano are all more than capable of going multiple innings, and while the Jays have all four of them, as well as Frasor and Accardo, the bullpen is a real strength that they should leverage to win games whenever possible. As long as Okha, Towers, and Chacin can go 5-6 innings, the Jays have plenty of depth to cover, it's not as if they only have 1 long man.

Jays of the Day
Glaus and Hill at the plate (honorable mention to Rios), Frasor on the mound for another fine performance (1 1/3 innings, 3 Ks, no hits or walks, still yet to allow a run all season).

Tonight Tomo Okha tries to keep it going as the Tigers come to town for a four-game series.