After losing their eighth straight game, this one a 7-2 defeat at the hands of the lowly Baltimore Orioles, the Toronto Blue Jays have plenty of questions to answer. I'm not so sure that they actually even have the answers.
When will the offense start producing again? What makes them hit worse when there is a runner in scoring position? Why, all of the sudden, can't they hit a home run anymore?
It remains to be seen if the Jays will answer any of these questions before the season ends.
Leadoff hitter Marco Scutaro started it off with a double, and after Aaron Hill popped out, Adam Lind ripped a double of his own to score Scutaro and give the Jays an early 1-0 lead.
The Jays would score again in the second inning after a Rod Barajas single scored Scott Rolen, who walked to start the inning. This made the score 2-0 and things were looking good for the Jays.
Unfortunately, it would not last.
The Baltimore Orioles responded with a run in their half of the second inning, when Aubrey Huff creamed a Ricky Romero offering over the wall for his eighth home run of the season.
The Orioles would then take the lead in the fifth inning after Adam Jones hit a monster two-run shot of his own, putting the Orioles up by one, 3-2.
The scoring would not stop there for the Orioles. With one on and no outs, Ricky Romero offered up a meatball, which Orioles rookie Nolan Reimold took advantage of for his third career home run.
Romero's night was finished after that. He was making his first start since straining his right oblique after a violent sneeze. Although the line looks bad, he did not necessarily pitch as bad as it indicates.
Romero finished with five-and-one-third innings pitched, giving up five runs on 11 hits, three walks, while managing to strike out three batters. Jesse Carlson pitched one-and-two-thirds innings in relief, giving up zero runs while Scott Downs gave up two runs in his only inning of work, essentially giving up any hope of a comeback.
Meanwhile, Jason Berken earned himself a victory in his big league debut, pitching five innings and only giving up two runs on seven hits, three walks, while striking out three batters. Matt Albers pitched two innings of shutout baseball in relief, as did Jim Johnson, who earned his second career save.
Up Next: Roy Halladay (8-1) will try to finally put a stop to this horrid losing streak against Baltimore Orioles pitcher Rich Hill (1-0).