Mission ’13, Game 69: Jays win 2-0

The Rockies are in town for a series, and they won’t have Tulo patrolling the middle infield. Troy Tulowitzki has broken ribs an will be out of action for another 5 weeks or so. Speaking of injuries, Josh Johnson started tonight. We all know that pitcher W/L records don’t reflect a pitcher’s impact or ability very well, so I thought I’d dig into Josh Johnson’s efforts last season when he was 8-13, 3.81. On June 17 his record was 4-4. He made 17 more starts during the season, including one that night. He gave up 39 earned runs in his final 18 starts (3.24 ERA) but Ozzie’s Marlins went 6-12 in those games. Josh was saddled with a 4-11 record with 3 no decisions. Let’s see if Johnson can duplicate his 3.24 ERA from June 17 onward.

Chasing the 1930 Phillies

Game 69

PHI 25-44

TOR 33-36

Game 69 was a slugfest for the 1930 Phillies. They played the New York Giants again but, oddly, they took the train to Philly to play in the Baker Bowl. They played each other in a double header in New York the day before. There were 29 hits, 4 lead changes, and the Phils hit both of the games home runs and 4 of the 6 doubles, but it wasn’t enough as errors by Chuck Klein (1) and Monk Sherlock (2) led to 6 unearned runs. A late push by the Giants, with 3 runs in the final 2 frames, put them in the lead. “The Meal Ticket”, Carl Hubbell, slammed the door shut by striking out the only batter he faced for his first save of the season as the Giants won 13-12. Check the boxscore here.

Somewhat surprisingly the Rockies and Jays had two hits through 4 complete innings, and the Rockies have both of them. The starters are pitching very well, as Jorge De La Rosa walked Melky twice and Johnson gave up a pair of singles, but struck out 6 in 4 innings. It’s worth noting that the Rockies middle infield, Jonathan Herrera and DJ LeMahieu, have both made at least one outstanding play each.

Maicer Izturis did the improbable in the top of the 5th inning. Johnson was cruising, having struck out the first two batters, before Nolan Arenado doubled into the left-center alley. Jonathan Herrera then scorched a ball over the mound that Johnson kicked at (OY!!) but missed. Maicer Izturis made a sliding play on the second base side of the bag then threw out Herrera, saving not only a run but ending the inning.

Maicer Izturis was the first Blue Jay to get a hit, as he singled with one out in the bottom of the 6th inning. A pop up by Melky Cabrera and a fly ball by Jose Bautista ended the threat.

Josh Johnson pitched an excellent game, but was in danger of blinking first. He put the first 2 runners on base in the top of th 8th inning before a sacrifice bunt by DJ LeMahieu put runners on 2nd and 3rd for Carlos Gonzalez. Brett Cecil relieved Johnson and Adam Lind snared a line drive on the first pitch of the at bat. This allowed the Jays to walk Michael Cuddyer intentionally to load the bases and set up the ground ball double play, with left-handed hitter Todd Helton coming to the plate. The IBB to Cuddyer was the first base runner allowed by Cecil since May 31, a stretch of 25 straight hitters retired. Todd Helton grounded to 2B Mark DeRosa to end the inning. Johnson’s line was 7.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 SO. Wow.

Jorge De La Rosa was relieved in the bottom of the 8th by RHP Matt Belisle, and Rajai greeted him with a single into right field. De La Rosas’ line was 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 SO. Also wow. Rajai stole 2B on a curve ball in the dirt then Colby Rasmus walked, bringing the Jays’ worst bunter and contact hitter to the plate, JP Arencibia. A swinging bunt by Arencibia moved up the runners. As Jack Morris said, “any way to get the job done.” Just like they drew it up. A duck snort by Maicer Izturis with the infielders pulled in scored both runners to give the Jays a 2-0 lead. A ground ball DP ended the inning. Casey Janssen is on to close the game.

Strike out, walk, double play was ho Casey Janssen decided that the Jays should win their 6th in a row. Macier Izturis saved 2 runs, got the only hit against De La Rosa, and drove in their only 2 runs. He also started the double play to end the game. Great pitching, great defense, and just enough offense was the winning mix in this very good win for the Jays.

Wes Kepstro


3 Responses to “Mission ’13, Game 69: Jays win 2-0”

  1. 1 @ALEastbound June 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    What did Bob Dylan say….?

    • 2 Wes Kepstro June 17, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      This team is playing so well right now that they’re crushing opponents “Like a Rollin’ Stone”. Not so long ago, these same Jays were struggling to live up to sky-high expectations, but “The Times They Are a-Changin'”. Check that: “Things Have Changed”. Every team they play lately gets “Tangled Up in Blue”. If it keeps up, the Jays–and their fans–will be “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”. 🙂

      • 3 Idiot Fan June 18, 2013 at 8:32 am


        Thankfully Tulo is made of glass and the Vince Carter of baseball. He could’ve easily made the difference himself lastnight. Though JJ was Dealllin

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