Kevin Millar was the hero against his former squad, driving in 3 runs on 2 hits. Millar’s double in the 4th inning helped rally the Jays for 4 runs, after Mark Hendrickson held the Jays to only 2 hits through the first 3 innings. Halladay settled down after an usually rocky 1st inning, where he gave up a 2-run homer to Nick Markakis. I hate Markakis’ last name, because every time I type it, it looks like it’s spelt wrong even when I know for sure it’s right.
After the 1st, Halladay put it on cruise control until the 8th inning. The Orioles just kept rallying hit after hit and at one point Cito Gaston even came out to the mound for what I was certain to be a pitching change. Out of respect for Halladay, Cito left him in to clean up his own mess. You could tell that Doc was bloodthirsty to get Luke Scott, but he managed to hit safely as well.
Eventually in the 9th, Scott Downs came in and shut the door and here we are once again in first place. I don’t want to say it in case I jinx it, but all I will say is that it’s a one word phrase that rhymes with layoffs.