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Blue Jays 4 White Sox 3: J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis Homer

Kawasaki telling DeRosa who has more triples. "I have one, you have zero"
Kawasaki telling DeRosa who has more triples. "I have one, you have zero"
Tom Szczerbowski

White Sox 3 Blue Jays 4.

So after a terrible start, it looks like the Blue Jays are starting to play the way we hoped they would. In the last 6 games, we are 4-2. Still a game under .500, for the season, but the doom and gloom has lifted, at least a little.

Mark Buehrle was better than his first two starts, but still a fair bit short of good. He gave up 4 singles, and 2 runs, in the first inning. Every pitch seemed to be thigh high in the middle of the plate. In the second inning, he allowed a one out single and then picked off the runner at first. After the pickoff, he seemed to right himself. He got the next 6 straight batters out and, in all., went 6.1 innings, giving up 9 hits, all singles, 2 earned, 2 walks, with 3 strikeouts. He had the nice quick innings we were promised.

If I was manager, I'd have taken him out after 6 innings, at the 94 pitches, but Gibby sent him out for the 7th. He got an out, then walked one and then he was pulled. I'm not a big fan of doing this. We were up by 2 and you bring the tying run to the plate and in comes a new pitcher with less room for error. Better to give the reliever a clean slate. But Esmil Rogers did a great job, getting out of the inning and getting the first out of the 8th. Aaron Loup took over, hit Adam Dunn, gave up a double to Dayan Viciedo and a sac fly to make it a one run game, but left the tying run at second. Casey Janssen pitched a clean 9th, with 2 strikeouts to get his 4th save.

On offense, we had 10 hits, 3 walks, 2 home runs, so you would think we'd have scored more than 4 runs, but 4 walk enough. Maicer Izturis hit his second home run and J.P. Arencibia had his 4th, an opposite field shot. Munenori Kawasaki legged out a triple. Emilio Bonifacio, Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus all had doubles. Edwin Encarnacion had a good game going 3 for 4. He looks like his timing is back. Lind was 2 for 3, with a walk.

Every Jay in the lineup got on base, except for Mark DeRosa, who was 0 for 4 with 2 k.

We played much better defense today, I have no real complaints, for likely the first time this season, though Bonifacio doesn't instill a feeling of comfort when a ball is hit his way. And Mark DeRosa has no range at all. I'm so glad that Brett Lawrie will be back at third tomorrow.

Jays of the Day: Janssen (.168 WPA), Buehrle (.152), Rogers (.116) and Lind (.139). Bonifacio gets a HM.

Suckage: DeRosa (-.154) for his 0 for 4.

Leo wants me to meantion that Dwayne Wise got in the game as a pinch runner. Wise of the 11 year major league career, even though he has no skills that should keep in the majors.

We had a lively GameThread again. 60 of us totaled 1412 comments.

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Great job Belisarius. You inspire us all. Either that or you need to get a life.....

Tomorrow we see if Josh Johnson can improve upon his first couple of starts, like Dickey, Morrow and Buehrle did.