11:05 PM Eastern
I got to go to a baseball game tonight!
I saw a typical Matt Garza special, but at least I got to go to a baseball game tonight. I really do appreciate all the kind words and wishes from so many of you out there – really, it was no major illness or anything. At least, not the one I had. Still, being away from the ballpark really sucked.
While I was gone, so did the Blue Jays, and the ol’ magic didn’t kick in upon my return.
Scott Richmond had a fine outing, allowing three solo homers over seven innings of work, but for the way the Blue Jays have been hitting lately, that was more than enough for the Rays to pick up another win. The Jays picked up just a solitary run tonight to give them six over the last four games – they’ve scored just twice over the last 24 innings.
It’s pretty amazing that they only managed the one run tonight when you look at the scoresheet. Marco Scutaro and Aaron Hill combined to reach a total of five times, Scott Rolen extended his hit streak to 18 games and Adam Lind had a pair of hits. Seems as though that would be the recipe to score more than once, but the Jays’ only run came on a double-play ball by Lyle Overbay in the second.
Scott Downs and Jake Eliopoulos threw in the bullpen before the game, and I spoke to both afterwards. Downs says he felt fine, but he hasn’t tried to run yet. His arm felt fresh, but he said it could be three days, a week or two weeks until he’s back. The test is going to be when he runs, but the toe didn’t give him any trouble as far as his mechanics were concerned. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday, when the Jays open up in New York.
Eliopoulos hasn’t signed with the Jays yet – he was their second-round pick in the draft earlier this month, but he was out here to throw for them. He’s headed south with the national team. I made sure to say hi and to thank him for coming on the pre-pre-game show a couple of weeks ago. He smiled politely and agreed when I said that I hoped he got signed soon so that he could come out here and pitch for real.
I was pretty surprised to see Brett Cecil come out of the bullpen in the 9th inning – I thought something had changed pretty drastically since I’d been gone – but it turns out that Cecil is the guy who is getting skipped with Thursday’s off-day. He’s not scheduled to start again until Tuesday in T-Bay so Cito will have him available out of the bullpen for the next few days.
Here’s tonight’s edition of The JaysTalk – with me! – for your listening pleasure:
Tomorrow, this ugly homestand comes to an end with a Canada Day game that will have Ricky Romero on the hill against the Rays’ inappropriately-nicknamed “Big Game” James Shields. The Blue Jays need a win to wind up with a poor homestand of 4-5. We’re on at 1:00 PM Eastern for a 1:07 first pitch, and there’ll be fireworks after the game!
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