Blue Jays-Braves: Atlanta Hands Toronto Its Sixth Straight Loss

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IMay 25, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 09:  Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston argues with home plate umpire Paul Nauert during their game against the Oakland Athletics  on May 9, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

What happened to the Toronto Blue Jays?

Are they finally showing their true colors, or is this just a minor bump in the road to the playoffs?

These answers may not be answered for a while, but the team better turn things around quickly, or the answers will not please the fans.

After being swept by the Boston Red Sox in a three-game set, the Jays came into Atlanta with first place still in hand. After losing this game by a 10-2 score and being swept by the Braves, that is no longer the case.

The Jays started the season tearing the cover off the ball, but the stats during this six-game skid do not paint a pretty picture.

As a team, the Jays are hitting .248 with one home run and 10 RBI. They have also stranded 51 runners on base and are hitting a paltry .143 with RISP during this slide.

Today's game did not start off well, as Scott Richmond gave up two runs in the first inning, giving up solo home runs to Kelly Johnson and Brian McCann.

The Jays did not reply until the fourth inning, when Vernon Wells stole both second and third base off of Braves' starter Jair Jurrjens. Jose Bautista was able to drive in Wells with a groundout.

The Jays managed to tie it in the sixth inning after a Lyle Overbay single drove in Wells for his second run of the game. The Jays were able to get a runner on second and third with only one out in the same inning, but a strikeout and flyout cost them a chance of taking the lead.

Unfortunately, Richmond was forced to exit the game after just five innings and 77 pitches, as Cito Gaston elected to go with a pinch hitter when a run-scoring opportunity came up in the sixth inning.

The move proved to be costly, as Kevin Millar did nothing, and the Braves jumped all over reliever Shawn Camp, who is hardly ever put into a game that is even remotely close in the seventh inning.

All in all, Camp gave up three runs in a third of an inning, and Jason Frasor (who is usually dominant) gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning.

This sealed the deal for the Braves, who got one more run in the eighth as Brian McCann homered for the second time, this one off of Brandon League, who finished the game for the Jays.

Up Next: Brian Tallet (2-2) looks to get the Jays back on the winning track against Jeremy Guthrie (3-4) and his last place Baltimore Orioles.