05/04/08 1:07 PM EDT
|Chicago White Sox||Toronto Blue Jays|
|Nick Swisher - CF||Alex Rios - RF|
|Orlando Cabrera - SS||David Eckstein - SS|
|Jim Thome - DH||Scott Rolen - 3B|
|Paul Konerko - 1B||Matt Stairs - DH|
|Jermaine Dye - RF||Vernon Wells - CF|
|AJ Pierzynski - C||Lyle Overbay - 1B|
|Carlos Quentin - LF||Aaron Hill - 2B|
|Joe Crede - 3B||Adam Lind - LF|
|Pablo Ozuna - 2B||Gregg Zaun - C|
Don't look now, but our azure-coloured heroes have won 3 in a row and are looking to inch closer to .500 today against the White Sox. The Jays took yesterday's game behind an extremely strong performance by Jesse Litsch, a good day at the plate by Vernon Wells, and Marco Scutaro's first homerun of the season. Litsch was wonderful, yielding only 5 hits over 7 1/3 innings, striking out 3 while walking no one, and surrendering just 2 runs, both on solo shots. After Litsch, who is now 4-1, left the game, Downs and Ryan kept things close, finishing out the game with 3 Ks, no walks, and just one single off Ryan. It's good to see Downs pitching effectively, and Ryan still has yet to yield a run.
Today, Doc Halladay faces off against Jose Contreras. Halladay has tossed 4 consecutive complete games but, due to horrid run support (8 runs over those 4 games), has lost the last 3 of them. The Jays really need to score some runs in support of Doc today.
I did end up going to the Nats game yesterday afternoon (hence my not being around), and it was pretty great - beautiful warm weather and an exciting game. There was a sizable contingent of Jays fans in my section, visiting DC from Canada, so that was fun. The only thing was that the game dragged a bit with all the offense. Let's go Jays!