David Purcey and the Toronto Blue Jays Cruise to 1-0 Victory Over Tampa Bay Rays

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst ISeptember 7, 2008

Just ten days after losing the best start of his career, a 1-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, David Purcey pitched even better his next time around, this time coming out on the better end of a 1-0 score against the same team.

Purcey was near perfect today, throwing 70 percent of his first pitches for strikes and mixing in great moving sliders and curve balls with his electric fastball.

This win gave the Jays eight in a row for the first time since the 1999 season and put them at a season high ten games over .500.

Purcey was able to get out of a couple of jams thanks to catcher Rod Barajas who scooped an errant slider and proceeded to get Willy Aybar at first. He then picked off B.J Upton who was inching too far from the bag.

Although the Jays playoff hopes are still nearly non-existent, this run has given them some sense of accomplishment as six of their eight straight wins have come against top contenders in the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays.

David Purcey left the game after eight magnificent innings, giving up no runs on just six hits, no walks, while striking out seven batters. Jesse Carlson got the call to save the game today as the Jays used eight relievers in the 13 inning game played the afternoon before.

Matt Garza pitched his usual amazing self when facing the Jays, but it wasn't enough against Purcey. Adam Lind led off the second inning with a double and later came in to score after Barajas hit a sacrifice fly. This ended Garza's run of 25 and one-third consecutive scoreless innings against the Jays.

Garza finished with seven innings pitched, giving up just one run on six hits, one walk, and striking out seven batters. Dan Wheeler came on in relief for a perfect eighth inning.

Up next: A.J Burnett (16-10) starts off a series against the AL Central leading Chicago White Sox and Javier Vazquez (11-12).