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Overbay Homers in the 9th, Jays Win First of Double Header

Blue Jays 5 Tigers 3

You sure we want to trade Scott Downs? In case you missed the 8th, the Jays had a 1 run lead going into the bottom of the 8th. Shawn Camp came in and gave up a triple, walk, popout and single, to let the Tigers tie things. Everyone is allowed a bad day. Scott Downs comes in with the go ahead run on third and one out. Scott walks the lefty Boesch, to load the bases, then two strikeouts. 

That allowed Lyle Overbay to give us back the lead with a two run opposite field home run off a Jose Valverde. Valberde took a hard ground ball off the leg, from Vernon Wells's bat. Most painful single he has ever given up I'm sure. I'm not sure if the pain in the leg caused him trouble pitching, it didn't look like it when he struck out Lind and Hill. But you never know.

Kevin Gregg had a very nice perfect inning for the save. Strikeout, ground out, fly out. Nothing hit hard. 

Brett Cecil had a really good start and deserved the win. Perfect through 3. He did have trouble in the 6th. 2 doubles and a homer in the inning but got out with just the two runs scoring. 7 innings, 6 hits, 1 walk, 2 earned and 6 k. He did have a bit of trouble in the 4th too but Edwin Encarnacion made nice play on a ground ball, touching third to get the lead runner and throwing to first to finish the DP. 

Offensively, all our runs scored on homers. Jose Molina (!) hit a two run shot after EE legged out a single. Vernon hit a solo homer in the 7th. And Overbay hit the game winning in the 9th. We had 9 hits on the day, two each for Vernon and Yunel Escobar, one for everyone else except DeWayne Wise and Aaron Hill. Hill looked particularly bad at the plate. He was having a good road trip till we got to Detroit. 

Jays of the Day are Overbay (.423 WPA), Downs (.250), Wells (.206), Molina (.181), Cecil (.162) and Gregg (.097). Suckage is Hill (-.162) for the third day in a row (h/t Casusby).

So Jesse Litsch goes for the sweep of the day and the win of the series at 6:00 Eastern. See you then.