Blue Jays-Indians: Brandon League, Shawn Camp Lose Game for Toronto

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IMay 5, 2009

It was a crazy game today that ended in disappointment for the Toronto Blue Jays, as they lost 9-7 in 12 innings because an overworked bullpen forced them to use Brandon League in a save situation and Shawn Camp in extra innings.

The Jays usual setup man and closer, Jesse Carlson and Scott Downs, were not available due to pitching with high regularity in the past series and Jason Frasor was used for just two outs in the tenth inning.

Toronto got off to a quick 2-0 lead by scoring a single run in both the second and third innings. Things started to slow down after, but it looked like that would be all they needed for the win.

The reason for this is Brian Tallet.

After getting roughed up in his last start against the Kansas City Royals, Tallet had a no hitter through six and one third of an inning today against the Cleveland Indians.

Unfortunately, it would all come crashing down soon after.

His bid for a no hitter would end when Ryan Garko singled up the middle. Rookie Matt LaPorta followed that up with his first ever big league hit—a two run homer, knotting the game at two.

The Indians would score one more run to take the lead for the first time all game, and Brian Tallet was done after seven innings. He gave up on just three runs on four hits and three walks.

Cleveland Indians starter Fausto Carmona didn't fare as well as Tallet, lasting six and two third innings, and giving up four runs on eight hits and one walk.

With the Jays up 4-3 in the ninth, Scott Downs was nowhere to be seen as he had pitched in the last three games for the Jays.

Cito Gaston had no choice but to stick with Brandon League, and it backfired as the Indians scored three runs to take a 6-4 lead.

The never say die Jays kept on hitting though, as Jose Bautista hit a two run single in the bottom half of the ninth to send the game into extras.

With a rest-depleted bullpen, Shawn Camp was Gaston's second to last option to pitch when the 11th inning hit.

After getting through a shaky inning, Camp was sent back out in the 12th inning and the result was not great.

All in all, Camp gave up three runs in the 12th and the game was officially over when Aaron Hill was struck out with the score 9-7 and runners on the corners.

Up Next: Young left-hander Brett Cecil (0-0) makes his major league debut against Anthony Reyes (1-0).

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