Losing to the Orioles - not fun.
On the Mound:
Kyle Drabek showed good and bad in his debut, but I was encouraged. Drabek walked 3 in 6 innings and made a few mistake pitches, some of which leading to the 9 hits against him, but he also struck out 5 and induced 11 ground balls while only 3 were of the aerial variety. The O's don't have the best team in the world, but he made it through 6 innings in his pro debut and that's good.
At the Plate:
The Jays have run hot and cold all season, and today was one of those pitifully cold days. They managed just 7 hits and no walks against Brad Bergesen, who went the distance. Jose Bautista accounted for the only Jay run with his 47th home run of the season. That's right, 47! He tied George Bell for club record in home runs in a season, with 50 within striking distance.
Lyle Overbay doubled and Vernon Wells had 2 hits. Unfortunately Wells was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Overbay's double, but it was a good aggressive play and runs were certainly at a premium today so can't blame him for trying.
From the Pen:
Shawn Camp and Scott Downs each pitched a scoreless inning.
In the Field:
DeWayne Wise and Travis Snider had outfield assists, John Buck caught Corey Patterson trying to steal, and the Jays turned a couple of double plays, one behind Drabek, so Kyle got some support in the field. On the other hand, Buck had a passed ball and Baltimore stole a couple of bases as well so it wasn't all roses.
Ugh, swept by Baltimore. The Jays get a day off to recover before they take on Boston this weekend. Brett Cecil pitches for Toronto while John Lackey goes for Boston.
Today's title from Randy Newman's song "Baltimore." Can't get more Baltimore than marble stairs.