Blue Jays Come Through When It Matters Most In 5-4 Win Over Mariners

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IJuly 25, 2008

Through seven innings, the Jays did what they have been doing all season: choked when there were great opportunities for runs. Despite this, the Jays managed to come through with clutch hits in the later innings and win the ball game.

The scoring began early, with Seattle scoring three in the second and third innings combined while the Jays scored one each in those innings as well.

Both pitchers would not give up any runs past that point, but neither of them lasted much longer either.

Jays pitcher John Parrish went five innings and gave up three runs on seven hits while Mariners pitcher Miguel Batista went five and 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits.

Down 3-2 in the fifth inning, the Jays found themselves with a great opportunity to tie the game and possibly even take the lead. They loaded the bases with only one out and Marco Scutaro up to bat. Unfortunately, Scutaro lined out straight to the short stop, who then threw to second to double up Brad Wilkerson. It was just another of many chances thrown away by the Jays.

Some light finally shown through for Toronto in the eighth inning when Lyle Overbay led off the frame with a double over the head of center fielder Jeremy Reed. Overbay then advanced to third on a single by Rod Barajas, and eventually scored when Matt Stairs lined a sharp single into right field to tie the game at 3.

Stairs, who also notched a solo home run earlier in the game, finished the day 3-for-4 and fell just a triple short of the cycle.

After Brandon Morrow and BJ Ryan both pitched a uneventful ninth inning for their respective teams, the tenth proved to be quite entertaining.

The Mariners scored a run off lefty specialist Jesse Carlson after a Jeremy Reed single scored Willie Bloomquist. The inning ended with the Mariners on top 4-3.

Things looked bleak for the Jays heading into the bottom of the tenth. Their consistency in not being able to come up with big hits seemed like it would hurt them big time in this inning, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

Gregg Zaun was able to squeak out a single to lead off the inning and when John McDonald put down a sacrifice bunt, Mariners reliever Mark Lowe tried to get the force at second. His errant throw took Yuniesky Betancourt off the bag, giving the Jays a great opportunity to win the game.

Scott Rolen then tried a sacrifice bunt of his own, but Zaun was gunned down at third and Adam Lind followed with a strikeout. With runners on first and second and two out, it looked very bad for the Jays.

Brad Wilkerson managed a walk to load the bases. That brought up Joe Inglett, who was 0-for-3 at that point in the game.

Apparently, he was due.

He sent a line drive shot to right field. Ichiro Suzuki just missed catching it as it sailed over his head, scoring John McDonald and Scott Rolen for the victory.

The game was won by a matter of inches, but at least it was won by the right team!

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