11:30 PM Eastern
There really wasn’t much to the game tonight, which happens on occasion, but rarely. The Yankees had all the offense they would need before the Blue Jays even came up to bat.
It looked for a second as though David Purcey might actually get out of that first inning relatively scathe-free, despite the Yanks loading the bases with nobody out on three straight singles. He popped up Alex Rodriguez to shallowish right, then got Jason Giambi on a deep fly ball to centre that scored a run. If that had been it, it would have been a major victory for the rookie, but Xavier Nady followed with a hard line single to right to cash a second run. Another big two-out hit for the visitors came in the 4th, on Derek Jeter’s two-run, opposite-field homer which, it turns out, they didn’t need.
For the second straight game, the Blue Jays managed just five hits. This time, though, all five were singles, and that’s just not going to cut it when you give up five runs.
Brian Tallet looked very good in his first action since coming off the disabled list last week, allowing a looping single and a ground ball up the middle in two shutout innings of work but really, there wasn’t much else positive from a Blue Jays’ perspective. At least they have Roy Halladay heading out there tomorrow night in the rubber game against Sir Sidney Ponson.
It was a fun Wednesdays with J.P., as always. He mentioned that he doubts the Jays will be big players in the free agent market, and refused to even speak the name of Scott Boras. One thing that struck me odd was his reaction to my asking about Tim Collins, the 5’7″, 155-pound lefty who is currently tearing it up in low-A Lansing. Collins has thrown 63 1/3 innings in relief, allowing just 31 hits while walking 30 and striking out 92. The numbers are sort of ridiculous, but J.P.’s asking if someone put me up to asking him about Collins was weird. I’m going to have to find out tomorrow what that was all about, since I couldn’t catch him before he left the booth tonight.
Here’s the entire session, for your listening pleasure:
The Jays are still 7 1/2 back of the wild card, with a chance to be 6 1/2 back when Boston comes to town. If that happens and they sweep the Sox, whose number they’ve had all year, they’ll be just 3 1/2 back with five weeks to play. It’ll still take a miracle, but by no means are the Jays out of it. That, of course, could very definitely change by the end of the week.
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