After a sweep of the dreadful Oakland Athletics gave the Toronto Blue Jays a modest four-game winning streak, they gave it all up again by getting swept themselves. This one came at home against the lowly Cleveland Indians.
A lack of timely hitting, or any hitting for that matter, is what once again made it hard for the Jays to even manage one win in this three-game set. This time the Jays managed a measly four runs.
Scott Richmond pitched another half-decent game in his third career start, but once again suffered from a lack of run support.
Richmond would run into trouble early, giving up two runs in the first on an RBI double from David Dellucci and a run-scoring single from Jhonny Peralta. He would also give up a single run in the third inning after a Ryan Garko single.
Richmond finished the game with five innings, giving up three runs on a career-high nine hits while striking out five batters. John Parrish gave up one run in three innings of relief and Shawn Camp finished the game with a scoreless ninth.
Cliff Lee gave up eight hits, but scattered them through his eight innings pitched. He dominated the strike zone as an amazing 83 of his 104 pitches went for strikes.
Lee lowered his season ERA to a miniscule 2.45 and upped his record to 16-2. He only managed to strike out one batter, but it didn't matter much on this day. Rafael Perez ended the game by striking out the side.
News and Notes
Third basemen Scott Rolen has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to the discomfort in his left shoulder, a shoulder that has been through several operations. Marco Scutaro will take his spot until his return.
Center fielder Vernon Wells made his first start since pulling his hamstring over a month ago. He went 0-for-4 in his return. It was his second major injury of the year.
It appears that left fielder Shannon Stewart will be coming back in a couple of days. He has been out for around three months and his injury was a question of mystery among most Jays fans wondering where he went.
Up next: Shaun Marcum (6-5) opens a series against the disappointing Justin Verlander (8-12) and his Detroit Tigers.