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John McDonald to the Rescue

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There’s something to be said about a game where John McDonald hits a home run. For those who witnessed it live, be thankful because a Johnny Mac home run comes around about as often as Halley’s Comet. J-Mac’s dinger along with HR’s from Alex Rios and Eric Hinske pushed to total number of home runs hit in this series to 14. I think the official tagline for Yankee Stadium should now be “Yankee Stadium: Where even Johnny Mac is a home run hitter.”

Scott Rolen continues to amaze us with his impeccable ability to put the ball into play. It’s now 23 games and counting where Rolen has a hit and is going for the club record of 28 games set by Shawn Green. The way Scott Rolen is playing right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets his hit streak up to 30 games.

Thankfully, Ricky Romero was there for another solid start and to at least salvage one game in this four game series. Romero pitched his way in and out of a few jams, but left Brandon League with the bases loaded in the seventh inning … which is a recipe for disaster. My theory that there are two opposite sides of Brandon League is becoming more and more true, as he apparently replaced himself in the bottom of the seventh inning.



For the first time this season, I can honestly say that I though Jason Frasor was going to blow the save. As the hits and runs kept piling up, we all just sat nervously as The Sausage King thankfully struck out Eric Hinske to help the Blue Jays hang on for the narrow win. For the third straight game, things started to get ugly in late-innings and today’s match up almost shifted in the Yankees favour once again.

If it wasn’t for that home run for John McDonald then the Yankees just might have won all four games in the series. Thank you J-Mac for saving the Blue Jays … I hope you realize that your heroics from today will not be overlooked. I hear that the American League needs somebody to hit in the Home Run Derby next week!

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Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the ALDS to his son for the next 20 years.

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7 Comments

  1. eyebleaf

    July 6, 2009 - 11:15 pm

    The Sausage King made it a lot closer than it should have been. Nervousness was there.

    14 homers; I think I took the under. Ridiculous.

  2. Joanna

    July 7, 2009 - 12:16 am

    it was accardo with the random plunkings that really shat the bed, but the whole pen could prob be fired.

  3. MadMurphy

    July 7, 2009 - 1:45 am

    Fraser was sooooo good tonight that he struck out Hinske with a hanging breaking ball lol

  4. Ian H.

    July 7, 2009 - 2:44 am

    If I remember correctly Joanna, didn't Accardo hit both of those batters when they had two strikes against them? That's what was even more frustrating was that one pitch and Acorn would've got out of it.

    MadMurphy, considering that Frasor game into the game with runners on base and got the 4-out save, I'd say he did really well.

  5. QJays

    July 7, 2009 - 3:06 am

    I don't know the whole deal with Yankee Stadium, but it seems they really wanted to make sure Arod would break Bonds' record there. Doesn't this all seem a little silly? Regardless – good on ya JMac. It would have been a shame if you didn't get to play in Yankee Stadium and match your HR total for last year and the previous year.

  6. Ian H.

    July 7, 2009 - 3:18 am

    At this rate, John McDonald is hitting 1 home run per 30 at bats. What made it impressive was that he hit it to left field, not right field. Go J-Mac!

  7. QJays

    July 7, 2009 - 12:20 pm

    J-Mac : "Power to all fields in the Bronx"

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