It may not have been as impressive as last year’s 15-3, but the Jays finished up the 2011 battle of the bird with a 12-6 record.
They have also now won seven straight series against the O’s.
Adam Loewen was one of many heroes today, blasting a game tying home run to dead centre in the 7th off Tommy Hunter. Why Buck Schowalter left Hunter in that long I have no idea but I appreciate it none the less. He had just given up a homer to David Cooper and just missed surrendering another to J.P. Arencibia before Loewen went yard.
For Loewen it was his first big league homer and completed an incredible comeback to the majors after arm injuries derailed his pitching career. In a small sample size he’s looked pretty good at the plate and may create some tough decisions for the front office next year. After all that rehabbing they did you have to figure the Jays see him as part of their future.
Another Jay who made a comeback of sorts today was Dustin McGowan, though his wasn’t nearly as pretty. He had little to no command, walking five batters and giving up four runs in just three innings. Still I can’t imagine anyone was surprised by this. Today was a huge step in his comeback attempt and assuming he felt no pain, it was a successful one. Remember, there was a time when he was billed as a second ace the Jays could slot in behind Roy Halladay circa 2007.
Returning the favour: I was around to post yesterday but I must be sure to thank Kevin Gregg for blowing his second save of the year against Toronto yesterday. After all the agony he put us fans through yesterday he owed us a few victories. Unfortunately the Jays lost in extra innings the last time he blew a save but yesterday they made it count. To think he had two outs and two strikes before he coughed up the lead. Thanks Kevin!
I can’t help but wonder if today was the last time Vladdy will ever set foot in Toronto. Hard to say if he is planning to play in 2012 or not, but his .286, 12, 54 line won’t have too many teams lining up to talk to him.
Successful homestand: With the win the Jays went 5-2 at home this week, picking up two walk off wins and several thrilling come from behind victories. Now it’s off to Boston for two.
Speaking of Boston, they were swept by Tampa (with Lester on the mound) and now hold just a 3.5 game lead on the wild card. Hopefully the Jays can do the Rays a HUGE favour and continue Boston’s misery. Toronto does have Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero set to go against Tim Wakefield and John Lackey. On paper this series favour Toronto.
The Rays meanwhile draw Baltimore, which should only put even more pressure on Boston.
Anything the Jays can do to make Boston suffer is fine with me.