Brandon Morrow was supposed to start this game, but a glass arm prevented it (it seems like there should be a trailer for a poor John Travolta movie at this point…). In his place Ramon Ortiz started. Maybe he’ll pull off an effective start, as the Orioles and A’s are getting from Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon, respectively. Edinson Volquez countered for San Diego.
Chasing the 1930 Phillies
It was a tough loss for the Phillies in game 57. The game started well but ended with heartache for the Phils and their fans. Monk Sherlock played 1B again but it was Lefty O’Doul, Chuck Klein, and Pinky Whitney who did the damage for the Phils. They went 8-16, with 2 walks and 7 RBI. They scored 3 runs in the first and stretched the lead to 8-4 by the fifth, but a 7-run 7th by the Cubs was mortal. The Phillies’ defense up the middle was awful as 2B Fresco Thompson, SS Tommy Thevenow, and CF Denny Sothern committed errors. Notably it was Thevenow’s 20th miscue of the season. Two runs in the top of the 9th tied it at 12, but an unearned run by the Cubs in the bottom of the frame was the difference. Cubs Kiki Cuyler and Gabby Hartnett were 6-10, 4 R, 11 RBI for the game. It was the Phils’ 5th straight loss. Check the boxscore here.
It’s been a tough year, and it’s only the beginning of June. Toronto and San Diego swapped scoreless frames in the first inning, before Colby Rasmus plated the first run of the game. Colby’s run-scoring double brought Adam Lind around the bases. Lind continues to tear the cover off the ball (.323/.410/.426).
Then the unpredictably predictable happened. Not only did Ramon Ortiz give up the big inning, but the big inning was punctuated by a 3-run home run by pitcher Edinson Volquez. Then Ramon Ortiz was hurt. Are you kidding me?
Ramon Ortiz was relieved by Brad Lincoln. Lincoln is generally ineffective, and the Jays were only 2 runs behind the Padres when he got the call. Apparently the specter of a sweep didn’t bother Manager Gibbons, nor did the impending day off as they travel up the coast to San Francisco factor into the decision.
As it turned out, Manager Gibbons’ decision to bring in Brad Lincoln was a good one. True to form Lincoln walked a batter, but he struck one out and gave up only a hit in 2 IP. It was a good effort by the least effective RP on the 25 man roster.
It took them 11 innings to salvage a win, but they’ll take it. A homer by Mark DeRosa, then a single by Bonifacio and a bunt single by Anthony Gose (.318/.400/.409) and a double in the last at bat of the series by Jose Bautista sealed it for the Jays. Unlike the 1930 Phils, it was an error by the other guys (Chase Headley) that contributed.
Is turnabout fair play in San Francisco? The Jays were anything but gracious hosts when the defending World Series champs came to Toronto, outscoring them 21-9 in the miniseries. Josh Johnson will face Tim Lincecum in the opener on Tuesday, then RA Dickey will face Barry Zito in game 2. Based on the way these four have pitched this season, it’s hard to believe that there are four Cy Young Awards represented.
One thing is for sure: Jose Bautista will be glad to see Petco in the rear view mirror. He was a .995 OPS player as recently as 6 games ago. He’s an .895 OPS player now. A 2-for-18 series against the Padres will do that. Pac-Bell won’t be any easier, though.