Blue Jays-Reds: Same Old Song and Dance for Toronto

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IJune 25, 2008

A night after enjoying the best game they have played all season, the Toronto Blue Jays returned to their old selves once again in a 6-5 loss to the Reds.

With the game tied, 5-5, in the seventh inning, Alex Rios, Vernon Wells and Matt Stairs all singled on the first pitch they would see. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Scott Rolen (who should have worked the count), also swung at the first pitch, and he promptly popped out to the second basemen.

With Lyle Overbay up next, I could sense a big hit coming. Alas, it was not to be. Overbay hit into his league-leading 15th double play of the season.

This would come back to bite the Jays, as the Reds scored one run in their half of the tenth on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Adam Lind. Francisco Cordero came in for the bottom of the tenth, shutting down the Jays' offense.

However, some good came from the loss. Roy Halladay managed to pitch six and two-thirds innings, despite giving up five runs in the first three innings. He would prove to be great after that, and left the game with the score knotted up at five. 

The Jays also came back from a five-run deficit, scoring four in the third inning and managing to scratch out another run in the sixth. Adam Lind hit his second home run since his call-up, and Joe Inglett also went deep.

Statistical Tidbits:

-The Jays have lost 15 of their last 21 games.

-The Jays are 5-9 in Interleague Play, 3-7 in extra innings, and just 11-20 in one-run contests.

-The Jays have hit just .236 (13th in the AL) with runners in scoring position and just .213 with the bases loaded (29th in MLB).