Toronto Blue Jays Win On Go-Ahead Home Run In The Ninth
The Toronto Blue Jays won yet another game on a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning last night, as they downed division rival the Boston Red Sox 3-2. Adam Lind’s solo shot to straight away centre field in the top of the ninth ensured a vital win for the Blue Jays, who had previously given up its two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth. This marked the third time the Blue Jays had won on a home run in the ninth on the road in six games, starting off with their win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
The Blue Jays took full advantage of a sterling pitching performance by Mark Buehrle, who pitched into the eighth inning for the first time this season. Despite not recording an out, his shutout line was ruined thanks to a Jacoby Ellsbury triple off of Darren Oliver, which scored in the run liable to Buehrle. The final line for the Blue Jays starting pitcher was 7IP + 1 batter, 5H, 1ER, 2BB, 5K.
After giving up and then regaining the lead, skipper John Gibbons sent out the rising star that is closer Casey Janssen who was looking for his tenth save in as many attempts. After giving up a leadoff double to Will Middlebrooks, Janssen quickly retired the next three to increase his streak of nine straight innings without giving up a run and lower his ERA to an outstanding 0.69.
After a rough start to his season, former ace Buehrle produced his best performance of the season, but had the win stolen from him with the normally reliable Oliver giving it away in the eighth. However, it was a breath of fresh air for the former Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins pitcher, who possessed a 7.02 ERA before Saturday’s start. His ERA is a still high 6.19, but marks a stark improvement from his last three starts where he gave up seventeen earned runs in just eighteen innings pitched. His next start will likely come at Yankee Stadium next weekend in the midst of a three-game series against the New York Yankees.
Next up for the Blue Jays is Ryan Dempster, who beat the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre last time out. The Blue Jays will send out spot-starter, Chad Jenkins, who was called up from triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons. Jenkins has made a strong start in Buffalo and now makes his first career start in the major leagues. He has a career 2.45 ERA in the majors in eleven innings pitched. The Blue Jays go for just their second series win of the season in what is becoming an ever-tighter situation in the AL East basement. Go Jays!