Toronto’s Marcum & Guzman Surprise & Lead Team To Wins In Texas

September 29: Texas 8, Toronto 6

Poor Dave Stieb got hammered all year, and it wasn’t any different in his final start. Julio Franco launched a three-run dong against him in the second inning, and after Stieb allowed singles to the first three hitters in the third inning, his season was done. Duane Ward came on in relief and didn’t give up a run of his own, but all three inherited runners came around to score.

                  R  H BB
TOR 010 004 100 - 6  9  3
TEX 033 020 00x - 8 13  1

HR: J. Bautista (24), E. Whitt (12),
F. Howard (19), J. Franco (15)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb     2.0  6  6  1  0  0  
F. Jenkins   6.1  4  4  0  2  4 

TOR 72-88, TEX 77-83

September 30: Toronto 2, Texas 1 (13 innings)

Shaun Marcum and Charlie Hough put on one of the most out-of-nowhere pitchers duels of the season. Marcum was laser sharp, striking out 11, walking zero, and allowing three hits and one run in nine innings. It was a dominant performance, but an Ivan Rodriguez homer kept the score tied after Marcum was done.

Hough put on a fair amount of runners, but his flutter balls vexed the Blue Jays hitters enough to limit them to one run in the first 12 innings. Devon White managed to tag Hough for a solo homer in the fifth inning.

Rubber-armed Charlie was still going in the top of the 13th when the Jays managed to bunch up enough safeties to finally break the 1-1 tie: Tony Fernandez singled, Lloyd Moseby took a walk, and Jose Bautista singled in Fernandez.

Tom Henke, Ward, Scott Downs, and Mark Eicchorn each threw a scoreless inning for Toronto.

                        R  H BB
TOR 000 010 000 000 1 - 2 10  4
TEX 001 000 000 000 0 - 1  3  0
HR: D. White (3), I. Rodriguez (13)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Marcum   9.0  1  1  1  0 11  
C. Hough   12.2  2  2  1  3  7 

TOR 73-88, TEX 77-84

guzman1October 1: Toronto 9, Texas 2

Juan Guzman closed out the Jays season with a surprisingly effective start. Despite walking seven, Guzman gave up just two in a complete game.

Ernie Whitt went massive with a single, two dingers, and three RBI.

Texas finishes the year in third place and Toronto in fourth.

                  R  H BB
TOR 110 203 002 - 9 11  5
TEX 000 110 000 - 2  5  7
HR: E. Whitt-2 (14)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Guzman   9.0  2  2  0  7  5  
G. Perry    6.0  7  4  2  3  3 

TOR 74-88, TEX 77-85

 

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Houston & Toronto Split 4 Games, Launch 19 Homers

September 25: Houston 10, Toronto 2

Mike Cuellar made the only strong start of the series for either team and went the distance. The Astros offense went silly, Jim Wynn the silliest of all with a walk, double, and two homers.

                   R  H BB
HOU 030 030 202 - 10 17  6
TOR 110 000 000 -  2  7  6
HR: L. Berkman (34), J. Wynn-2 (12),
M. Ensberg (9), E. Encarnacion (11)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Cuellar  9.0  2  2  1  6  7  
S. Marcum   4.1  6  6  2  3  6 

HOU 68-89, TOR 70-86

September 26: Toronto 5, Houston 3

The teams drilled two homers each, but this was the only game in which neither team scored double digits. Josh Donaldson’s first inning homer was a three-run job, whereas both Houston dingers were solo.

                  R H BB
HOU 200 001 000 - 3 6  2
TOR 300 100 10x - 5 6  4
HR: M. Alou (31), C. Biggio (13),
J. Donaldson (2), L. Moseby (12)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan      6.1  5  5  2  4  7  
R. Halladay  7.0  3  3  2  2  3 

HOU 68-90, TOR 71-86

mcgriffSeptember 27: Toronto 14, Houston 4

With Roy Oswalt’s season over, Wade Miller made a start for Houston but soon wished he hadn’t. The bottom of the first was at least reasonable, with just a two-run jack by Fred McGriff. But the second inning went bonkers with seven Jays reaching safely against Miller, and Shawn Green nailing a three-run homer. Green later swatted a second homer in the game, his 28th of the season. That puts Green in the league’s top 10 home run hitters despite only amassing 477 plate appearances (compared to the 492 he would need to be a “qualified” hitter).

                   R  H BB
HOU 000 010 210 -  4 12  1
TOR 281 201 00x - 14 14  6
HR: C. Correa (5), M. Ensberg (10),
F. McGriff (23), S. Green-2 (28)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Miller  1.2  9  9  2  2  2  
J. Key     6.2  3  3  1  1  6 

HOU 68-91, TOR 72-86

September 28: Houston 13, Toronto 3

Doyle Alexander’s weird season came to a close with a disaster start, a fitting end to his miserable second half. (His splendid first half had ended with a start in front of his home fans in the third All-Star Game.) Alexander and the following Jays hurlers could not get Houston’s first two batsmen Jeff Bagwell and Jose Cruz out. Bagwell drew a walk, swatted two singles, and knocked a homer, while Cruz collected two singles, a double and a dong. Morgan Ensberg hit his third homer of the series.

Fred McGriff raised his wOBA to .381 with a walk, single, double, and homer. He owns the 11th best wOBA in the league and third best in the Expansion Division.

                   R  H BB
HOU 210 630 000 - 13 16  5
TOR 000 101 100 -  3  9  5
HR: J. Bagwell (32), J. Cruz (4), M. Ensberg (11),
F. McGriff (24), J. Donaldson (3)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Scott      6.2  3  3  2  5  4  
D. Alexander  3.2  9  8  3  3  1 

HOU 69-91, TOR 72-87

Toronto Smacks Down Anaheim in Two Game Series

September 22: Toronto 7, Anaheim 4

It was almost like old times for Doyle Alexander, who surprised the league with his first-half success and All-Star start but has since unraveled. He couldn’t quite complete the game and got pulled after Troy Glaus hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth, but he put together 8.1 strong innings.

The Toronto bats punished Frank Tanana and some bad Anaheim fielding.

                  R  H BB
TOR 010 204 000 - 7 12  2
ANA 000 030 001 - 4  8  2

HR: J. Bautista (22), T. Glaus (27)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Alexander  8.1  4  4  1  2  1  
F. Tanana     5.1  7  4  1  1  4 

TOR 69-85, ANA 65-91

stieb

September 23: Toronto 7, Anaheim 0

In his penultimate start, Dave Stieb added a rare bright spot to a bad season by recording his first shutout.

Jose Bautista went yard for a second straight game, and seven Toronto hitters reached safely multiple times in the game. Lloyd Moseby led the way a walk, two singles, and a double.

                  R  H BB
TOR 021 000 220 - 7 14  4
ANA 000 000 000 - 0  4  6

HR: J. Bautista (23), E. Whitt (11)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb       9.0  0  0  0  6  8  
A. Messersmith 6.2  5  4  1  4  4 

TOR 70-85, ANA 65-92

 

Baltimore Completes Expansion Division Dominance With Wins in Toronto

Baltimore OriolesSeptember 18: Baltimore 8, Toronto 7 (12 innings)

The Jays ran up a 7-1 lead in the sixth inning but then frittered it away over the next three frames. The Orioles creamed three home runs in the game, including Frank Robinson’s 28th of the year that tied the game up in the top of the ninth.

But it was walks that got Baltimore the winning run in extras. Manny Machado and Matt Wieters drew free passes around a Cal Ripken hit, and Ken Singleton drew an RBI walk off Scott Downs.

                      R  H BB
BAL 001 000 312 001 - 8 14  9
TOR 020 005 000 000 - 7 10  4

HR: F. Robinson (28), M. Machado (5), C. Ripken (10),
E. Whitt (10), T. Fernandez (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Palmer   5.2  7  2  2  3  3  
S. Marcum   6.2  4  4  1  4  4 

BAL 81-70, TOR 67-84

September 19: Toronto 5, Baltimore 1

Roy Halladay followed up his first shutout of the year with another dandy, this time giving up one run in eight innings.

The teams each had 10 combined walks + hits, but Toronto slugged out six extra-base hits compared to just one double by the Orioles.

                  R  H BB
BAL 100 000 000 - 1  9  1
TOR 020 000 12x - 5 10  0

HR: S. Green (26)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell    8.0  5  5  1  0  7  
R. Halladay  8.0  1  1  0  1  7 

BAL 81-71, TOR 68-84

September 20: Baltimore 3, Toronto 1

The next day the Blue Jays couldn’t muster a single extra-base hit, while Baltimore slashed three triples (one each by George Sisler, Frank Robinson, and Cal Ripken).

Both teams wrapped up their inter-division schedules for the season. Baltimore dominated the Expansion Division, 28-8, and Toronto had relative success against the Original Division at 23-25. (That’s the best among Expansion teams except for Kansas City, who are 22-23 with three more games to go.)

                  R H BB
BAL 000 020 001 - 3 9  0
TOR 000 001 000 - 1 6  2
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell  8.0  1  0  0  1  2  
J. Key     8.0  3  3  0  0  6 

BAL 82-71, TOR 68-85

Boston Wins 10th Straight in Series Win Over Toronto

yazSeptember 15: Boston 4, Toronto 3 (13 innings)

The Blue Jays could taste victory with a one-run lead and one out with nobody on base in the bottom of the ninth. But sloppy defense reared it’s head as it has for Toronto all season long. A Roberto Alomar error at second allowed John Valentin to reach, Wade Boggs singled Valentin over to third, and Tris Speaker drove in the tying run.

It stayed tied until the bottom of the 13th, when Mark Eicchorn faced just three batters: Dwight Evans singled, Carl Yastrzemski walked, and Carlton Fisk walked it off with an RBI single.

                        R  H BB
TOR 000 030 000 000 0 - 3  8  5
BOS 011 000 001 000 1 - 4 13  6
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Key     7.0  2  2  0  6  3  
L. Grove   8.0  3  2  0  3  2 

TOR 66-82, BOS 88-60

September 16: Boston 10, Toronto 8

Both offenses went wild in this one as starters Doyle Alexander and Mel Parnell both got slammed. Another Alomar error extended the bottom of the first inning and paved the way for a Nomar Garciaparra three-run dong.

Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, and Yastrzemski all reached safely four times. Ted Williams belted two doubles to increase his league-leading total to 45 for the season.

Toronto’s loss mathematically eliminated them from the division title, while Boston’s win was their 10th straight, a streak that has them positioned to run away with the Original Division.

                   R  H BB
TOR 111 012 020 -  8 15  8
BOS 610 200 10x - 10 13  4
HR: N. Garciaparra (13)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Alexander  3.1  9  6  1  1  1  
M. Parnell    5.0  6  6  0  7  1 

TOR 66-83, BOS 89-60

September 17: Toronto 3, Boston 2

Dave Stieb was impressive against the menacing Boston lineup and dueled Roger Clemens nicely. Alomar, Fred McGriff, Shawn Green, and Ernie Whitt all collected hits in the sixth inning to plate all three of the Jays’ runs. Clemens struck out a season-high 11 in the loss.

                  R H BB
TOR 000 003 000 - 3 9  1
BOS 000 101 000 - 2 9  5

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb    7.0  2  2  0  3  4  
R. Clemens  9.0  3  3  0  1 11 

TOR 67-83, BOS 89-61

Toronto Recovers From Blow Out Loss to Take Series vs. Rangers; Halladay Throws First Shutout

September 12: Texas 14, Toronto 3

Dave Stieb had an afternoon to forget amidst a season he’d like to forget. He faced just eight batters, only one of which he retired, and Rusty Greer, Alex Rodriguez, and Julio Franco all took him yard as the Rangers piled up seven runs in the first. Juan Guzman also got lit up in four innings of relief. Greer bombed two more homers and Jim Sundberg even joined the fun with his first dinger of the year.

                   R  H BB
TEX 713 030 000 - 14 15  4
TOR 101 000 100 -  3  6  1

HR: R. Greer-3 (7), A. Rodriguez (37),
J. Franco (14), J. Sundberg (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins  8.0  3  3  0  1  4  
D. Stieb    0.1  7  7  3  1  1 

TEX 69-76, TOR 64-81

September 13: Toronto 5, Texas 4

Game two was a much tighter affair. Charlie Hough gutted out 6.2 innings for Texas despite not being able to locate the strike zone. Shaun Marcum battled for Toronto through seven innings and handed a one-run lead to Tom Henke, who threw two perfect innings.

                  R H BB
TEX 300 001 000 - 4 8  2
TOR 012 010 10x - 5 8  9

HR: J. Hamilton (21)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough   6.2  5  5  0  9  5  
S. Marcum  7.0  4  4  1  2  5 

TEX 69-77, TOR 65-81

halladaySeptember 14: Toronto 5, Texas 0

It’s been a frustrating season for Roy Halladay, who sports a good 4.06 FIP but has not gotten good results most of the time. Not so in this, his 29th start of the year, though. He bobbed and weaved around 11 Texas base-runners to record his first shutout. His 1.8 walks per nine innings leads the league.

Fred McGriff and Shawn Green ambushed Yu Darvish with home runs in the first inning that tallied all five runs in the contest.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 000 000 - 0 9  2
TOR 500 000 00x - 5 6  6
HR: F. McGriff (22), S. Green (25)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish   3.0  5  5  2  4  3  
R. Halladay  9.0  0  0  0  2  5 

TEX 69-78, TOR 66-81

Big Offenses & Putrid Defenses On Display As New York Out-Slugs Toronto

September 9: Toronto 6, New York 5

The Jays didn’t wait to hit Waite Hoyt for six runs right out of the gate. They didn’t score anymore once Hoyt was yanked in the third, and they held on for dear life to make the runs hold up against the big New York offense. Toronto hurlers Roy Halladay, Scott Downs, and Tom Henke gave up zero walks in the contest.

                  R  H BB
TOR 132 000 000 - 6  9  8
NY  200 002 100 - 5 11  0
HR: F. McGriff (19), J. DiMaggio (13), L. Gehrig (37)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Halladay  6.1  5  5  2  0  4  
W. Hoyt      2.0  6  6  1  3  0 

TOR 64-78, NY 73-69

September 10: New York 11, Toronto 10

The Blue Jays appeared to have a series win wrapped up after scoring EIGHT runs in the first inning (most of them against starter Lefty Gomez who only recorded one out) and carrying a 10-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth. But no lead is safe against the Bronx Bombers, and Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Derek Jeter started the bottom of the ninth with three consecutive walks issued by Scott Downs. In came Mark Eicchorn in relief, who gave up an RBI fielder’s choice to Charlie Keller to cut the score to 10-7 Toronto. Next up, Alex Rodriguez drove an RBI single. 10-8 Toronto. Then Tony Lazzeri hit a hard grounder that ate up Tony Fernandez at shortstop that allowed New York’s ninth run to score on the error and the inning to still have only one out. Yogi Berra then tied it up with a single that also moved Lazzeri to third. Toronto brought in Kelvim Escobar, and his first batter faced, Rickey Henderson, capped off the wild comeback with a deep, walk-off sac fly.

                   R  H BB
TOR 800 000 200 - 10 10  6
NY  200 003 015 - 11 15  4
HR: P. Molitor (2), S. Stewart (2),
R. Alomar (5), Y. Berra (8)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Key     5.2  5  5  1  0  6  
L. Gomez   0.1  7  7  0  3  1 

TOR 64-79, NY 74-69

mantleSeptember 11: New York 19, Toronto 9

Both of the teams feature the biggest scoring offenses and most porous defenses in their respective divisions, and those characteristics were on full display in the finale. New York’s starter Ray Caldwell had what would ordinarily be a terrible line of nine runs given up in six innings, but he was never in trouble of letting the game get away thanks to a ludicrous offensive onslaught by his Yanks teammates.

Charlie Keller reached four times, Derek Jeter collected four hits, the indefatigable Lou Gehrig knocked two singles, a triple, and a homer, and Mickey Mantle went loopiest of all with a five-hit, two-homer day. The performance boosted Mantle all the way from eighth to third most runs created in the league behind teammates Gehrig and Ruth.

Four Blue Jays smacked three hits each in the losing effort, including Fred McGriff, Jose Bautista, Shawn Green, and Ernie Whitt. McGriff’s day included a double and two homers.

                   R  H BB
TOR 040 110 300 -  9 15  7
NY  145 011 70x - 19 22  7

HR: F. McGriff-2 (21), M. Mantle-2 (27),
L. Gehrig (38), A. Rodriguez (22)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Alexander  2.1  9  9  1  2  2  
R. Caldwell   6.0  9  8  2  6  6 

TOR 64-80, NY 75-69