It’s no fun without runs

The night after a 25-run barnburner slugfest between the Red Sox and the Blue Jays, the home team couldn’t even muster two runs … when the night before they posted 12.

Shaun Marcum was probably hoping that some sort of carry-over rule could apply to these games. I found last night’s contest very similar to a day/night double header. Usually in the first game, there is some sort of crazy score like 20-5 … then in the second game of the double header, it’s very low-scoring game.

Once again, Marcum pitched well enough to win the game but his teammates could not pick him up. Clay Buchholz held the Blue Jays to seven hits, only one if which was for extra bases (Vernon’s RBI double in the 1st inning). After that, it was smooth sailing for both starters.

Kevin Gregg walking in the winning run wasn’t the ideal way for the game to end, but I wouldn’t pin the loss on Gregg. Scott Downs loaded the bases and with nowhere left to go but home, Kevin Gregg let Mike Lowell get away on four straight pitches.

The Blue Jays will try to salvage the series tonight when lefty Ricky Romero Brett Cecil goes up against Jon Lester. Join me tonight starting at 7pm over at The Score for tonight’s live blog.

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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.



  1. jans4

    April 28, 2010 - 7:16 pm

    Cecil pitches tonight not Romero

  2. Ian H.

    April 28, 2010 - 7:50 pm

    Thanks man, not sure why I thought Romero instead of Cecil. Should be a good lefty vs. lefty matchup.

  3. Mattt

    April 28, 2010 - 8:37 pm

    There is no pitcher more deserving of a win than Marcum. Maybe he needs to have an off night and the team picks him up with nine runs or something. I'll drop by the game blog later…

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