10:35 PM Eastern
What, you didn’t think a little swine flu was going to keep me down, did you? OK, well, it’s probably not swine flu (for some reason they didn’t test me), but I have to pass along my regrets for not being able to answer the bell tonight. Only my second sick day in eight seasons in that booth, and hopefully I’ll be back in there tomorrow night.
The operative word for Brett Cecil tonight was “up”. Everything he threw was up, and unfortunately for Brett, it was up in the strike zone, and his stuff got pounded. The Reds climbed all over the rookie almost like the Jays did with Bronson Arroyo last night, but the Jays had a comeback in them.
Vernon Wells and Scott (The Caveman) Rolen came up huge in that 5th inning rally to tie the game and rev up what was settling into being a pretty boring evening. Wells with the two-out, two-run double and Rolen following with the game-tying two-run single up the middle. Unfortunately, the Jays didn’t get any hits after that Rolen single.
I have to say that when the 7th inning started, my first thought was “Shawn Camp is coming out for a FOURTH inning of work? Really?” Then Joey Votto took him over the right-field wall for the margin of victory. Still, no complaints about Camp tonight – any time a long reliever throws down four innings of one-run ball, you should be very, very happy.
Rolen, Marco Scutaro (throwing out a runner from the seat of his pants) and Aaron Hill flashed the leather beautifully tonight – again. It’s such a pleasure to watch this team play defense on a nightly basis.
Finally, huge ups to Zack Cooper for stepping into the breach in my absence. He did a great job during the game, and as I type this, he’s doing a terrific job (with Jerry) on The JaysTalk. Don’t believe me? Here, listen for yourself:
Tomorrow the Phillies come to town having lost eight of their last nine, a run that started when the Jays swept them last week. Ricky Romero meets Cole Hamels, and hopefully I’ll be back in harness for that one. Just nobody come too close.
Rational, reasonable comments are always welcome!