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

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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

 

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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

Toronto’s Success Against Originals Continues With Wins Over Oakland

September 6: Toronto 5, Oakland 4

Every time the A’s score scored, the Blue Jays had an answer in the bottom of the same inning. Jose Bautista put the birds ahead for good with a solo shot in the seventh.

                  R  H BB
OAK 200 010 100 - 4 11  2
TOR 210 010 10x - 5 10  2

HR: J. Bautista (21)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson     6.0  5  4  1  2  5  
D. Alexander  7.0  4  4  0  2  2 

OAK 76-63, TOR 62-77

September 7: Oakland 6, Toronto 2

Chief Bender sliced and diced the Toronto lineup in his six innings. Eddie Collins added another strong game to his impressive season with four singles and four stolen bases. Collins is a top notch defender at second base, an elite base-runner, and has a slash line of .306/.397/.412, which all adds up to one of the most valuable players in the league.

                  R  H BB
OAK 103 200 000 - 6 10  3
TOR 000 000 020 - 2 10  2

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Bender  6.0  0  0  0  1  1  
D. Stieb   4.0  6  4  0  3  2 

OAK 77-63, TOR 62-78

marcumSeptember 8: Toronto 4, Oakland 2

Shaun Marcum’s stuff was as good as it’s been all year as he held Oakland to two runs in seven innings pitched. Roberto Alomar smacked three singles for the victors.

The Jays improved to 20-19 against the Original Division, by the far the best inter-division record among the expansion teams.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 100 010 - 2 7  0
TOR 100 110 01x - 4 9  3

HR: D. White (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito     6.0  3  2  1  2  3  
S. Marcum   7.0  2  2  0  0  5 

OAK 77-64, TOR 63-78

Toronto Staves Off Anaheim

September 3: Toronto 8, Anaheim 5

 

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 Shawn Green

The Angels jumped Shaun Marcum for four runs right out of the gate, but the Toronto bats stormed back for the win. Shawn Green swatted two singles plus his 24th homer. Green is tied for 10th most dongs in the league despite usually sitting against lefty starters and not having enough PAs to qualify for rate stats.

 

                  R  H BB
ANA 400 010 000 - 5  9  3
TOR 022 220 00x - 8 10  7

HR: J. Fregosi (12), S. Green (24)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance   3.0  6  6  1  3  1  
S. Marcum   6.0  5  5  1  2  6 

ANA 58-80, TOR 60-76

September 4: Anaheim 11, Toronto 6

The two staff aces squared off and both melted down. Roberto Alomar, Paul Molitor, and Jose Bautista all took Jered Weaver deep in his four innings, but Ray Halladay got beat up even worse in just 1.2 innings pitched. A Tony Fernandez error in the second inning paved the way for a Torii Hunter grand slam.

Alomar collected half of Toronto’s eight hits.

                   R  H BB
ANA 450 001 100 - 11 16  1
TOR 004 020 000 -  6  8  7
HR: T. Hunter (11), R. Alomar (4),
P. Molitor (1), J. Bautista (20)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Weaver    4.0  6  6  3  4  2  
R. Halladay  1.2  9  5  1  1  1 

ANA 59-80, TOR 60-77

September 5: Toronto 3, Anaheim 1

Kelvim Escobar and Jimmy Key turned in a better duel the next day. Homers from Josh Donaldson and Ernie Whitt were the difference.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 010 000 - 1 7  4
TOR 010 200 00x - 3 4  6
HR: J. Donaldson (1), E. Whitt (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  5.2  3  3  2  5  5  
J. Key      7.0  1  0  0  4  5 

ANA 59-81, TOR 61-77