After an extended lay-off, Blue Jays Way is back in full force for the second half. Due to personal reasons I had to take some time off from writing this blog, but I am back now and I am committed to making this the best Blue Jays blog on MLB.com. Get ready for more Highlights, more Interviews and more opinion pieces. To all the Jay’s fans out there, say it with me "LETS GO JAYS!!!!"
JAYS 6 – ORIOLES 3
It took 6 pitchers to get the job done, but at the end of the day – a win is a win. Toronto never had a pitcher last more than 3 innings in last nights win over Baltimore, but thanks to the bats of Rios, Catalanotto and Wells, the Jays got their second straight win and move just 2 games out of the top spot in the AL East. Alex Rios continued his power hitting streak, when he belted a solo homerun to lead-off the game. Rios has now hit 4 homeruns in his last 4 games to bring his season total to 15. Well’s also continues to dominate at the plate this year, going 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Toronto will look to win yet another series today as they play the rubber match in the 4-game set at 12:37pm EST
3 for 4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
06/15/06 vs. Baltimore
JAYS 7 – BALTIMORE 1
Toronto ace Roy Halladay(8-1, 2.75) showed why he is among the best pitchers in MLB on Tuesday night when he pitched a 6-hit complete game gem, on way to his 8th victory of the season. Vernon Wells hit his 16th homerun of the season in the 1st inning and the Jay’s never looked back. Russ Adams fresh off of being called up from triple-A Syracuse came up with a clutch 2-out single to drive in 2 runs. Adams’ offense is something the Jay’s will cherish in the 9 hole after watching Edgardo Alfonzo hit .162 in 37 AB in his short time with the club. The Jay’s will look to Scott Downs(1-0, 5.40), who is filling in for injured starter Gustavo Chacin(6-2, 5.61) on Wednesday night, as they take on the Baltimore Orioles in the 3rd game of a 4 game series.
1 for 3, 3 RBI, HR
06/14/06 vs. Baltimore
JAYS 6 – RED SOX 8
For the third straight series, the Blue Jays are unable to win the final game and sweep the series. Ted Lilly(5-5, 4.50) struggled with his command and was pulled from the game after 5 runs on 5 hits in 4 innings of work. The Jays managed 13 hits against Boston on Wednesday night, and although I am not sure of the exact stat, I’m pretty sure that when the Jays out-hit their opponents and get 10+ hits they are pretty much undefeated this season, so my hat goes off to the Boston Red Sox for holding the Jays to just 6 runs.
Once again Toronto’s bullpen proved to be a little shaky and didn’t help the Jays when they needed it. If Toronto is to get to the next level(read: playoffs), their bullpen is going to HAVE to step up for them. To make matters worse, Gold Glove center fielder Vernon Wells injured his should prior to hitting his third homerun in Tuesday’s game and had to sit out last nights affair. Wells had an MRI done and it appears to just be inflammation on the shoulder, so he should be back in the lineup on Friday or Saturday. Toronto will now need to do something they have had problems doing in the past if they are to succeed, and that is to beat up on teams that aren’t very good as their next 7 games are against Tampa Bay and Baltimore, 2 below-500 teams.
3 for 4, 2R, 2B
Hills 2-run triple
6/2/06 vs. Tampa Bay
JAYS 8 – RED SOX 5
Wow!, thats all I have to say about the human highlight wheel known as Vernon Wells. The Toronto Blue Jays put on a show on Tuesday night, in which they hit 5 balls out of the park and all 5 came off the bats of Vernon Wells and Troy Glaus.
Gustavo Chacin(6-1, 5.11) made his return from the 15-day DL and pitched well enough to earn his 6th victory of the season. For the second straight game the Blue Jays bullpen was a little rocky and had the Toronto faithful(read: Me) on the edge of their seats, but ‘ol faithful B.J. Ryan came in to put those fears to rest and pick up his 12th save.
In hitting 3 homeruns, Vernon Wells not only became the 10th player in franchise history to complete the feat and the first since a guy by the name of Delgado did it in 2003, but Wells also recieved his first curtain call, something I think we will be seeing alot more of in the years to come.
3 for 4, 4 RBI, 3R, 3HR
05/31/06 vs. Red Sox
This weeks PoTW goes to first baseman Lyle Overbay. During the week of May 22nd, Overbay hit .450 with 4 RBI, 5 runs, 2 HR and 5 doubles. Overbay has also been playing Gold Glove calliber defense over at first base, helping his team win each time he takes the field.
Overbay’s 2 HR performance
Overbay’s Leaping Grab
Overbay dives for a liner
Overbay’s Grand Slam
Overbay scambles for an out
Overbay’s 3 run HR
Overbay’s Diving Grab
Overbays drives in Glaus for game winner
Overbay Glaus go back-to-back
JAYS 7 – RED SOX 6
The Blue Jays continue to power their way up the standings in the AL East with a win against Boston last night. Toronto, led by their ace Roy Halladay(6-1, 2.88), jumped out to an early lead on Monday night off homeruns by Wells and Overbay. After leaving the game with a 6-3 lead and in line for the victory, Halladay watched as Justin Speier gave up a 3-run HR in the top of the 8th to Jason Varitek to tie the game.
My hat goes off to Bengie Molina, who in the 8th after having a sure double called foul on a very questionable call, battled back from an 0-2 count to hit a double to the gap. Molina was replaced at 2nd base by pinch runner Eric Hinske, who was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Aaron Hill and then driven in by a pinch-hit base hit by Shea Hillenbrand for the winning run.
Toronto will look to make it 2 in-a-row Tuesday when they send Gustavo Chacin(5-1, 5.31) to the mound fresh off the injured list.
3 for 4, RBI, 2B
05/30/06 vs. Red Sox