Houston Wins Toronto Series With A Blowout and a Squeaker

thonAugust 10: Houston 13, Toronto 0

The opener was a laugher with Houston’s starter Mike Cuellar walking just one, allowing no extra base hits, and no runs in eight innings. The Houston batters were also on point. Alan Ashby reached safely thrice and the other eight Astros reached twice each. Lance Berkman homered for a third straight game.

                   R  H BB
HOU 220 230 130 - 13 16  3
TOR 000 000 000 -  0  7  1
HR: M. Alou (23), L. Berkman (24),
D. Thon (5)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Cuellar   8.0  0  0  0  1  7  
R. Halladay  3.1  6  6  1  1  1 

HOU 51-61, TOR 49-63

August 11: Toronto 6, Houston 5

After that blowout, the teams went back-and-forth in this one. Jeff Bagwell tied it up with a solo dong in the top of the ninth before Shawn Green ended things with a solo dong in the bottom of the inning.

                  R  H BB
HOU 000 021 101 - 5 12  5
TOR 001 031 001 - 6  8  8

HR: J. Bagwell (23), C. Cedeno (12), S. Green (19)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan   6.0  5  5  0  8  8  
J. Key    6.0  4  4  1  3  1 

HOU 51-62, TOR 50-63

August 12: Houston 5, Toronto 4

In another tight contest, Toronto left-fielder Shannon Stewart’s error on what could have been the third out in the fourth inning loomed large when Cesar Cedeno followed it with a two-RBI double.

Edwin Encarnacion slammed a pinch-hit dinger in the bottom of the ninth to get Toronto within a run, but Octavio Dotel pitched around it to complete the series win for Houston.

Houston’s glove-first shortstop Lil’ Dickie Thon has the ninth-lowest wOBA among qualified batters but busted out with the bat in this series, taking one walk and going 7-for-12 with three doubles and a homerun.

                  R H BB
HOU 000 230 000 - 5 9  4
TOR 030 000 001 - 4 8  4

HR: R. Mulliniks (6), E. Encarnacion (9)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Oswalt     7.0  3  3  1  3  6  
D. Alexander  8.0  5  3  0  4  6 

HOU 52-62, TOR 50-64

Seattle Has No Trouble Taking Care of Toronto in 2 Game Set

johnsonAugust 8: Seattle 7, Toronto 2

Randy Johnson already holds the Rhubarb record for strikeouts in a game with 16, and he nearly matched it with an overpowering 15 strikeout performance against the big swinging Blue Jays. He has a rather ridiculous 37 more strikeouts than any other pitcher. The Big Unit lowered his ERA to 3.40, third best in the Expansion Division.

                  R  H BB
SEA 000 200 032 - 7 13  2
TOR 000 200 000 - 2  5  5

HR: A. Davis (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Johnson  8.0  2  2  0  5 15  
D. Stieb    7.0  4  4  1  2  3 

SEA 60-50, TOR 49-61

August 9: Seattle 10, Toronto 5

Juan Guzman had a nightmarish inning in the second as his shortstop made an error and the Mariners pounded eight hits and eight runs, including dingers by Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey, Jr.

Seattle stretched their division lead to four games as they won their 10th consecutive series (not including a two-game set that they split). Toronto has tumbled down to fifth place after being in first at the season’s mid-point.

                   R  H BB
SEA 080 000 200 - 10 12  0
TOR 310 010 000 -  5  9  5
HR: K. Griffey, Jr. (20), A. Rodriguez (22),
R. Alomar (2), K. Gruber (5)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson  7.0  6  4  2  5  3  
J. Guzman  1.1  8  7  2  0  1 

SEA 61-51, TOR 49-62


			

Kansas City Catchers Provide Late Dramatics In Series Win Over Toronto

August 3: Kansas City 6, Toronto 5

Toronto strung together a bunch of hits to put up five runs against Kevin Appier and carried a 5-2 lead into the eighth inning. Juan Guzman was good for seven innings, but relievers Scott Downs and Tom Henke saw the lead quickly slip away in the eighth on hits by John Mayberry, George Brett, Hal McRae, and then the go-ahead runs on a two run bomb from Darrell Porter. Dan Quisenberry and Greg Holland combined for four shutout innings out of the KC ‘pen.

                  R  H BB
KC  100 000 140 - 6 10  1
TOR 300 020 000 - 5 12  2

HR: W. Wilson (3), D. Tartabull (20), D. Porter (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Appier   5.0  5  5  0  2  5  
J. Guzman   7.0  2  2  2  1  5 

KC 55-52, TOR 48-58

perezAugust 4: Kansas City 4, Toronto 3

Homers from Fred McGriff and Ernie Whitt buoyed a nasty Roy Halladay and had the Jays in good position with a 3-0 lead handed to Henke in the ninth inning. Henke got his first two batters and the game looked over with nobody on and two out.

But George Brett doubled, Alex Gordon walked, and Amos Otis singled the bases loaded. Then, for the second game in a row, a Royals catcher took Henke deep to cap off a dramatic late comeback. This time it was off the bat of Salvador Perez and it was a very grand slam.

                  R H BB
KC  000 000 004 - 4 7  2
TOR 100 020 000 - 3 7  2

HR: S. Perez (2), F. McGriff (17), E. Whitt (7)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  7.0  3  3  2  1  6  
R. Halladay    7.0  0  0  0  1  4 

KC 56-52, TOR 48-59

August 5: Toronto 5, Kansas City 3

Ironically, the slugging Blue Jays took the contest in which they connected for zero extra base hits. Two errors by Alcides Escobar helped their cause quite a bit.

Hal McRae homered twice to drive in all three KC runs before coming up in the ninth down by two with two outs and the bases loaded. There was no dramatic for KC in this one though, and McRae popped out to give Toronto a win after losing seven straight to the Royals.

                  R H BB
KC  000 001 020 - 3 8  3
TOR 040 000 10x - 5 6  6

HR: H. McRae-2 (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Jackson  7.0  5  3  0  5  5  
J. Key      7.0  3  3  2  1  4 

KC 56-53, TOR 49-59

August 6: Kansas City 7, Toronto 4

Doyle Alexander’s great first half slipped farther into the rear view mirror as he had his third rough game in his last four starts. The Royals strung together a walk and six hits in the third inning alone.

The Kansas City bullpen did not allow a run in the series in 9.1 innings pitched.

                  R  H BB
KC  015 001 000 - 7 13  2
TOR 000 001 300 - 4  9  3

HR: J. Mayberry (18), C. Delgado (22), S. Green (18)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Gubicza    6.2  4  4  2  3  6  
D. Alexander  5.2  7  7  1  2  3 

KC 57-53, TOR 49-60

Toronto Victorious In Series With Anaheim

July 31: Anaheim 6, Toronto 2

Every fifth game, Jered Weaver starts for Anaheim and they get to look like a half-way decent team for awhile. Weaver yielded just one run on a solo shot by Jose Bautista in his six innings of work, dropping his ERA to 3.05, fifth best in the league.

Bautista drove a second solo blast against Brendan Donnelly, but the Angels offense had already gone to work against Jimmy Key. A two-run Troy Glaus homer in the sixth highlighted a balanced attack.

                  R  H BB
ANA 001 022 100 - 6 11  2
TOR 000 010 100 - 2  6  3

HR: T. Glaus (16), J. Bautista-2 (18)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Weaver  6.0  1  1  1  3  7  
J. Key     6.0  5  5  1  2  4 

ANA 40-64, TOR 46-57

August 1: Toronto 4, Anaheim 2

Doyle Alexander got back to form in this one after a couple of hiccup starts. He allowed just three hits and one walk in eight innings. One of those hits was another homer by Glaus, who has been an out-of-nowhere source of power for Anaheim all season. His .494 slugging percentage is third best in the Expansion Division.

Bautista also homered in back-to-back games. His three-run shot capped a four-run second inning that gave Toronto all the offense they needed.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 110 000 - 2 3  2
TOR 040 000 00x - 4 6  6

HR: T. Glaus (17), J. Bautista (19)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar    7.0  4  4  1  5  7  
D. Alexander  8.0  2  2  1  1  4 

ANA 40-65, TOR 47-57

stiebAugust 2: Toronto 5, Anaheim 1

Dave Stieb had his best day of what has been a frustrating year. It was his second complete game, and first time allowing no more than one run in a start.

Nolan Ryan was pretty awful for Anaheim. John Lackey followed Ryan with four shutout innings, and might have convinced Toronto skipper Cito Gaston to give Lackey the start the next time Ryan’s turn comes around.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 010 000 - 1 5  5
TOR 022 100 00x - 5 7  6

HR: B. Downing (8), F. McGriff (16)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan   4.0  5  5  1  4  3  
D. Stieb  9.0  1  1  1  5  6 

ANA 40-66, TOR 48-57

Toronto Flies Out of Detroit With Series Win

July 28: Detroit 11, Toronto 2

It was close until the fifth inning, when Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, Harry Heilmann, and Miguel Cabrera all reached safely in a row, capped off by a Cabrera three-run blast.

Backup infielder Travis Fryman tripled and homered. Justin Verlander threw his first nine-inning start since his first game of the year.

                   R  H BB
TOR 000 002 000 -  2  7  6
DET 000 241 03x - 11 13  4

HR: M. Cabrera (6), T. Fryman (2)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb      4.1  6  6  1  3  1  
J. Verlander  9.0  2  2  0  6  9 

TOR 44-56, DET 48-52

July 29: Toronto 3, Detroit 1

Juan Guzman is sometimes about the worst starting pitcher in the league, and sometimes strings together back-to-back games of eight innings and one run allowed. He did the latter in this one, giving up just one walk and five singles.

Hal Newhouser was mostly good for Detroit and struck out a season high 11. But he got wild in the second inning when he walked three. Carlos Delgado collected the game-winning RBI on a bases loaded base on balls in the frame.

                  R H BB
TOR 020 000 001 - 3 9  3
DET 000 100 000 - 1 5  1

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Guzman     8.0  1  1  0  1  5  
H. Newhouser  9.0  3  3  0  3 11 

TOR 45-56, DET 48-53

roberto-alomar-ap2July 30: Toronto 9, Detroit 1

The Blue Jays knocked George Uhle around for 2.2 innings to ice the series. Toronto hit for the cycle in the third inning on singles by Roberto Alomar and Ernie Whitt, a double by Delgado, triple by Edwin Encarnacion, and three-run homer by Rance Mulliniks. Alomar walked once, singled thrice, and stole three bags.

Toronto took four of six from Detroit this year, and improved to an impressive 15-15 in inter-division play, which is oddly quite a bit better than their intra-division record. The Expansion Division is on a bit of a roll, having won the last four inter-division series played.

                  R  H BB
TOR 015 003 000 - 9 12  5
DET 000 100 000 - 1  8  1

HR: R. Mulliniks (5)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Halladay  7.0  1  1  0  1  2  
G. Uhle      2.2  6  6  1  2  1 

TOR 46-56, DET 48-54

Minnesota Secures Series in Toronto

July 25: Toronto 3, Minnesota 2

Roy Halladay nicely kept the Minnesota offense in check, but Kirby Puckett scored two with Joe Cronin driving him in both times. That was enough for a 2-0 Twins lead after seven and a half innings because Camilo Pascual was doing even better holding down the Blue Jay bats.

Rod Carew made an error to start the bottom of the eighth that allowed Gregg Zaun to reach. Tony Fernandez followed that up with a triple to cut the score to 2-1. Joe Nathan came in and struck out his first two men before Carlos Delgado unleashed his 21st bomb for the winning runs.

                  R H BB
MN  101 000 000 - 2 8  2
TOR 000 000 03x - 3 4  4

HR: C. Delgado (21)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Pascual   7.0  2  0  0  4  7  
R. Halladay  7.0  2  2  0  1  3 

MN 52-45, TOR 44-53

July 26: Minnesota 6, Toronto 3

This time it was Toronto carrying a 2-0 lead late into the game. Jimmy Key was shocking the house for the first six innings by outdueling Johan Santana, who gave up two solo dingers. But a Roberto Alomar error in the top of the seventh seemed to unravel everything for Toronto and they watched Minnesota put up six runs in the final three innings

                  R H BB
MN  000 000 231 - 6 9  3
TOR 001 100 001 - 3 7  3
HR: J. Bautista (16), G. Zaun (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana  6.0  2  2  2  1  5  
J. Key      7.0  4  3  0  0  1 

MN 53-45, TOR 44-54

mauerJuly 27: Minnesota 6, Toronto 0

The Doyle Alexander magic seems to be slipping away in his last two starts, which have been the shortest outings of his season. He could have used plenty of magic in this one since he was going up against Walter Johnson, who tossed his second straight shut-out and allowed just three hits.

Joe Mauer has struggled with the bat this season (.304 wOBA), but is getting hot of late and bashed four hits and a homer. Sam Rice collected three hits, and four other Twins had two-hit games. Mauer and Kirby Puckett both have four straight multi-hit games.

Minnesota took four of six from Toronto this season.

                  R  H BB
MN  023 000 100 - 6 17  0
TOR 000 000 000 - 0  3  5

HR: J. Mauer (4)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson    9.0  0  0  0  5  6  
D. Alexander  3.0  5  5  1  0  0 

MN 54-45, TOR 44-55

Seattle & Toronto Split, Mariners Tied With KC For 1st

July 22: Seattle 4, Toronto 2

Seattle pounded 13 hits, including three from Robinson Cano and a dinger from Edgar Martinez, and Erik Hanson reeled off his third straight solid start.

                  R  H BB
SEA 201 001 000 - 4 13  1
TOR 000 100 100 - 2  9  5

HR: E. Martinez (10)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson  7.0  2  1  0  2  5  
D. Stieb   7.0  4  4  1  0  3 

SEA 50-46, TOR 42-53

delgadowtfJuly 23: Toronto 17, Seattle 1

Seattle needed a spot start from Mark Langston, and it looked like a good game to have their sixth starter going since his opponent, Juan Guzman, has pitched more like a seventh or eighth man most of the year. But Guzman had it all working and cruised through eight innings, while Langston saw the first five Blue Jays batters in the third inning reach against him, at which point he was pulled. Mike Moore then came on and let the next six batters reach as well. Twelve Jays had traipsed around the bases before Moore finally got out of the inning.

Roberto Alomar reached safely five times and had two doubles, and Carlos Delgado, Jose Bautista, and Devon White all reached four times. Delgado swatted two jacks and moved up to 10th in the league in wOBA and runs created.

                      R  H BB
SEA 001    000 000 -  1  8  1
TOR 20(12) 100 02x - 17 19 10

HR: P. Bradley (2), C. Delgado-2 (20)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Langston  2.0  7  7  1  4  2  
J. Guzman    8.0  1  1  1  1  7 

SEA 50-47, TOR 43-53