A.J. Burnett, Jesse Litsch Lead Toronto Blue Jays to Double Header Sweep

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst ISeptember 9, 2008

Due to the rain last night in Chicago, the White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays played a double header with our Jays winning both games and extending their winning streak to an amazing ten games.

Game one

A.J. Burnett started off the day on the right foot for the double header. He threw what I think was his best performance of the season, earning himself his 17th victory in a 3-1 win.

Both pitchers were nearly unhittable through five, until the Jays were able to get some runs on White Sox starter Javier Vazquez.

With two outs, both Vernon Wells and Adam Lind were able to hit singles to keep the inning alive, bringing up Lyle Overbay.

After battling through eight pitches, Overbay took one he liked and laced it for a two-run double and that was all the scoring the Jays would need.

A.J. Burnett gave up no hits through five innings and the one that he did give up was a source of controversy as some believed that third basemen Scott Rolen should have been charged with an error, but no dice.

The Sox got one run back in their half of the six after that single and a rare error from short stop John McDonald, but managed nothing the rest of the way.

Burnett finished with seven innings pitched, giving up just one run (unearned) on one hit, one walk, while striking out seven.

Scott Downs pitched a perfect eighth inning while closer BJ Ryan was able to pitch his way out of a jam after walking the first two batters of the ninth for his 28th save this season.

Javier Vazquez finished with six innings of one run ball. He also gave up five hits, three walks, and struck out seven. Four relievers were needed to end the game after his departure.

Game Two

Jesse Litsch continued his unbelievable pitching since being re-called from the minors, winning his 11th game of the season in a 8-2 victory, the Jays tenth in a row.

Lead off hitter Marco Scutaro set the tone for the Jays with a home run in the very first at bat of the game, but it was the fifth inning that won the game for Toronto.

The first four batters in the fifth inning all scored, including a home run from Scott Rolen, who was 0-for-4 in the first game. The Jays got some insurance, scoring once in each of the last three innings.

Vernon Wells was able to hit his team leading 17th home run of the season and Alex Rios batted in two runners, giving him a team leading 70 RBI on the season.

Litsch finished the game with seven strong innings under his belt, giving up only two runs on six hits, two walks, while striking out six batters. Jesse Carlson and Brandon League each threw a scoreless inning after Litch's departure.

Unfortunately for Chicago, their starter, Clayton Richard, left the game after only four innings, having surrendered five runs on five hits, one walk, while striking out only one batter.

The Sox had to use four relievers once again, not a good sign if the Jays can jump on their starter tomorrow.

Up Next: Roy Halladay (18-9) tries to get one win closer to 20 as he faces Mark Buehrle (12-11).


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