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The Blue Jays have used quality starting pitching and the timely home run to win a big bunch of ballgames so far this season, but tonight the tables were turned.  St. Louis got a solid start from Jaime Garcia – though it was his worst of the season, allowing three runs on six hits through six innings – and the Cards hit four homers and wound up in a romp.

The defining inning of the game didn’t include a big fly, though.  With a runner on second and two out in the 5th, the Cards rallied with a couple of doubles and a two-run single around an intentional walk to Albert Pujols, who was otherwise 0-for-4 on the night.  Matt Holliday had the first two-bagger – his third hit of the game to go with a single and a homer – and it was just a little floater to short left field that fell in in front of Fred Lewis.  After the intentional pass, Ryan Ludwick ripped a liner to left on which Lewis almost made a spectacular, inning-ending grab.

A game of inches, it is, and illustrated beautifully on the other side by Adam Lind, who was 0-for-4 but should have had a pair of doubles.  He was robbed on each side of the infield by beautiful diving stabs from Pujols and third baseman David Freese.  Had Lind’s first grounder gotten through, in the 6th, it would have been a two-run double that brought Vernon Wells to the plate with the tying run.

Jarrett Hoffpauir’s Jays debut was a success.  He went 1-for-3 with a single, scored a run and played flawless defense at third base – including a terrific grab of a hot shot by Ludwick in the 1st inning.

Poor Dustin McGowan.  In case you hadn’t heard, the exploratory surgery on his right shoulder found a significant tear in the rotator cuff.  They fixed it, and released the capsule to increase his range of motion, but it’ll be four to six months before he can pick up a baseball again, and if he ever does make it back to the bigs, count on it being at least three years between appearances.

Here’s tonight’s edition of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:

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And here’s the transcript from tonight’s iPED-fueled edition of “Miked Up LIVE!”:

6 Responses to “Beaten At Their Own Game”
  1. 1.

    Dear Mike,

    Your man-crush on Adam Lind, (on base percentage now 273)compells you to note Adam’s line drive outs. Without mentioning Jose Bautista’s two-homer effort. Isn’t it about time you take the clothespin off your nose when discussing Bautista. Yeah, he’s been a journeyman most of his career. But he’s been the Jays’ best bat since last September. He’s also the only guy on the team who’ll take a walk. (He’s got the best OBA on the team by far — 357.) And unlike Lind, he can play defense. C’mon, start giving the AL home run leader some.

    - steve
  2. 2.

    It’s been an unexpected good start to the season but if Hill and Lind don’t snap out of it in a big way and quickly, the Jays will fall out of even dreaming-contention.

    You can see a bright future in these starters but the full package for a season long contending team is just not there.

    Even though this is not a team built to challenge for the division yet, where could we be if Hill/Lind were both on pace for 100+ rbi as last year?

    - Gary
  3. 3.

    Still believe Jason Frasor is a really good pitcher, or Tallet and Janssen are for that matter. If the Jays had the semblance of a bullpen, they would be leading the east. It’s not 2008. It’s 2010.

    - Will, Oshawa
  4. 4.

    Hi Mike,

    You outdid yourself in the Mike Wilner World of Useless Statistical Facts on Wednesday night. Regarding Ricky Romero, you said “If you only count his his no-decisions, he would be leading the league in ERA.”

    So what? What that does that mean?
    If you took out all of Adam Lind’s pop outs, would he be hitting .300? I don’t know, and I don’t care.

    - Evan White
  5. 5.

    Wow! You just went even crazier. You pointed out that the chances of scoring a run with no outs and a runner on first are greater than having a runner on second with one out. I’m sure that stat is true. But then you go loopy, taking that stat and saying “that’s why you don’t bunt with a man on first with no outs.” Do you not understand that all those runs scored that began with a runner on first base with no outs include all the times a runner on first was bunted over to second?

    MW: Huh? When you bunt the runner over, your chance to score goes down. That’s what the numbers say. The second number includes those who were bunted over, too.

    - Evan White
  6. 6.

    Vernon Wells cousin who called in during this edition of JaysTalk is a dollar short and a day late on that #36 Wells jersey. David Wells wore #36 during his first stint in Toronto from 1986 to 1992.

    - Jim in Ohio
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