Travis Snider is trying very hard to make life easy for J.P. Ricciardi and the Toronto Blue Jays. It is common knowledge that Snider's performance over the last month of the season will determine whether the Jays go after a designated hitter via free agency or stick with the young 20-year-old.
All Snider has done is hit .467 (7-for-15) with one home run, two RBI, and four runs scored in four games. Sure, it is a very small sample size, but it seems to be a sign of things to come.
Jesse Litsch also pitched another amazing performance since coming back from AAA, throwing his second complete game since being called up, winning this one 9-0.
Since being recalled, Litsch has turned in a 0.94 ERA, allowing just three runs over 28-2/3 innings across four starts. In three of the outings, Litsch has allowed no runs, and he's given up a run in just three of the 29 frames that he's appeared in for the Jays. The minors were most definitely good to him.
Snider was not the only Jay that hit well today, as each player got at least one hit out of a total of 17 and seven of the nine players batted in a runner. Wells hit his team-leading 16th home run of the season.
Twins starter Kevin Slowey suffered a lot of the damage, going five-and-two-thirds innings pitched, giving up three runs on 10 hits, no walks, and striking out three.
Reliever Bobby Korecky had a rough outing, giving up four runs in just one-third of an inning in the eighth.
The Twins were not able to get their bats going tonight, and Jesse Litsch finished his complete game shutout, having given up just four hits and two walks while striking out three batters.
Up next: Roy Halladay (17-9) starts off a series against Andy Sonnanstine (13-6) and his first place Tampa Bay Rays.