Blue Jays-Angels: Jesse Litsch Gets Knocked Around in Another Jays Loss

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IJuly 6, 2008

Today was not a good day for Jays' fans, as their No. 5 pitcher Jesse Litsch got knocked around in a 7-1 loss, running the teams record to a dismal 42-47.

Despite his struggles, Jesse Litsch was far from the only problem. The anemic offense the Jays have shown for most of the year was in full force today as a solo homer from catcher Rod Barajas was the only thing that kept the Jays from being shutout.

While Litsch struggled, Angels' pitcher Jon Garland flourished, as evidenced by his complete game, six hitter. His only mistake was catching too much of the plate on a pitch to Rod Barajas.

Jesse Litsch was hit hard early as he gave up three runs in the first two innings, including a solo homer given up to right fielder Juan Rivera. Litsch gave up six runs in five-and-one-third innings, while reliever Brandon League gave up a run in one-and-one-third innings.

This game concluded a highly disappointing road trip where the Jays went 2-4 through Seattle and Los Angeles. The team managed just a .233 batting average, with a .208 mark with runners in scoring position. The Blue Jays' hitters combined for just three home runs, struck out 41 times, and scored just 20 runs over the six games against Seattle and Los Angeles.

The Toronto pitchers weren't immune, either. Omit the shutout that ace Roy Halladay turned in on Monday, and the Blue Jays' arms combined for a 5.88 ERA, allowing 27 earned runs over 41-1/3 innings. Even with Halladay's gem, the team's ERA on the trip was an uncharacteristically high 4.83.

Next Game: the Baltimore Orioles send Daniel Cabrera to the mound to take on Jays' right-hander Dustin McGowan. Game time is 7:07 PM EST on TSN.