Man, since when did Rogers Centre turn into Coors Field? Once again tonight, the home of the Toronto Blue Jays turned into something akin to a pinball machine, with the Jays bashing enough long fly balls (both in and out of the park) to beat the Twins 6-5.
Both Alex Gonzalez and Jose Bautista hit moonshots for the blue birdies, while John Buck, Vernon Wells, and that pesky Fred “my batting stance looks exactly like Fred McGriff” Lewis also added big hits.
Of course, both Orlando Hudson and the unstoppable Delmon Young added dingers of their own, but it wasn’t enough to push Kevin Slowey (6.1 IP, 5 ER) and Matt Guerrier (blown hold) out on top.
Like I said yesterday, the Twins hitters will come around (even if it is at the frenetically-charged Rogers Centre), but it is the pitching that needs to turn in a few more quality starts. It doesn’t help that our staff’s biggest weakness (the gopher ball) plays right into the Jays’ greatest strength.
-Just heard tonight that Jake Peavy of the White Sox will likely miss the rest of the season. This is a huge blow to the ChiSox, because they really folded down the stretch without him last season.
-Hopefully Morneau is okay after taking a knee to the head sliding into second base (he left the game as a precautionary measure). Wouldn’t surprise me to see him take a day off tomorrow.
Preview (44-38, 1.5 GB DET): Scott Baker (7-7, 4.72) vs. Brett Cecil (7-5, 4.19). It’s halfway through the season and Baker has an ERA near 5.00? Perhaps this is why we are so strongly in the running for Cliff Lee?!