Toronto Blue Jays: Inconsistency Still a Problem For The Team

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IJune 27, 2008

One day after rocking MLB's ERA leader in Edinson Volquez, the Jays hitters were stymied by Atlanta Braves rookie Jair Jurrjens.

Jurrjens held the Jays hit-less until Matt Stairs broke through with a single in the fifth, it was quickly erased as Scott Rolen proceeded to hit into a double play.

By the end of the game, Jurrjens had managed to hold the Jays to just three hits through eight innings. He was relieved by Mike Gonzalez, who threw a perfect ninth to end the game.

Meanwhile, Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan had a rough start, surrendering a two run homer to Mark Teixeira in the first inning and also surrendering a run in the third inning. He would settle down however and he managed to survive for seven and a third innings, giving up one more run in the seventh inning.

Gaston used the same lineup on Friday that he used in each of the past three games against the Reds.

It's easy to understand why he stuck with that particular nine, considering they produced 26 runs on 40 hits for a .354 team average in the series against Cincinnati.

The Jays now stand 11.5 games back of the Red Sox with a 38-43 record. Tomorrow, Tim Hudson (8-5) takes on Mark Parrish (0-0, Season debut).