Blue Jays-Tigers: Win Costly For Toronto As Scott Downs Goes Down With Injury

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IAugust 13, 2008

The Jays were able to win their third straight on the road today and it also marked their third win of this four game set against the Detroit Tigers.

Although the win was nice, it proved costly as their best reliever, Scott Downs, slipped on the wet grass when he was covering home plate in the ninth and badly sprained his ankle.

Downs has been the best set up man in the entire MLB this year with his sparkling 1.40 ERA and was seen leaving the stadium on crutches.

Downs 17 and 2/3 inning pitched without giving up a run was also ended tonight, it was not even the longest he had gone without giving up a run this season, proving his worth to the Jays top notch bullpen.

Despite this misfortune, the Jays managed to hold on for a 4-3 lead after Brandon League took over from Downs and managed to hold the Tigers to within just a run of tying the game.

Like the Tigers, the Jays did all of their scoring in just one inning. It all came through early on in the game during the third inning.

Marco Scutaro started it off with a walk against veteran lefty Kenny Rogers and was then proceeded by back-to-back singles from the bats of David Eckstein and Alex Rios.

This would bring Vernon Wells up with the bases loaded and none out. Wells wasted no time by going after the first pitch and rocking the ball over the left field fence for a grand slam and all the scoring the Jays would need.

A 45-minute rain delay would knock David Purcey from the game after six inning of shutout ball. Purcey no-hit the Tigers through five amazing innings and ended the night having given up just two hits. He also walked three and struck out four batters.

Kenny Rogers night would be done after six and one-third innings pitched. He gave up fours runs on seven hits, three walks, while striking out two.

With Scott Downs devastating injury, the Jays will likely be calling up John Parrish just days after sending him back to AAA Syracuse.

Left hander Jesse Carlson will also likely be the set up man and is the perfect choice for the job. Downs joins Tallet and Accardo as important relievers to be on the disabled list.

Up next: Jesse Litsch (8-7) makes his return back to the majors to face Armando Galarraga (10-4).