The power of the stache compels you. Brian Tallet had the Texas Rangers under some sort of a spell and I have a feeling it had something to do with that cookie duster above his upper lip.
It was nice to see Brian Tallet escape the first inning without giving up any runs because in his last three starts, Tallet gave up one run or more in the first frame. This time he did Magnum P.I. proud and pitched seven scoreless innings and two-hit the Texas Rangers, which is something that’s not incredibly easy to do (although Jon Lester did the same this past Saturday). Dirk Hayhurst and B.J. Ryan combined for two innings of perfect relief, needing only 6 pitches each to retire the side.
Great run support from the cavalries in the form of Hill’s 14th home run and Adam Lind’s 12th. I finally figured out why it seems like every time the Jays are at bat, they hit a double; it’s because they lead the majors with 142 doubles. When Adam Lind isn’t taking pitchers yard, he’s going for an extra base hit; now with 21 doubles to lead the Blue Jays. Lind’s affinity for doubles is catching on with the man who bats below him, Scott Rolen. I was thinking last night that I miss the power that Troy Glaus used to bring to the team, but Rolen’s magic glove and bat more than make up for it. In honour of Scott’s questionable entrance music, each time he gets a double a propose that we all scream “VIVA LA ROLEN!”
News that we kinda knew already, but didn’t really want to hear
Jesse Litsch will be out for the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery later this week. Thanks to the Blue Jays, Dr. Andrews can afford to put his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids through college. Not really surprised about this since Jesse’s original timetable to return was mid-May, then early June, then late June, and now it’s sometime 12 to 18 months from now. I wish Jesse a speedy recovery and hopefully like B.J. Ryan and Shaun Marcum, he will rehab quicker than expected.