Shaun Marcum proved to be just as good in his second start as he was in his first start since returning from the minors, pitching great in a 6-4 win for the Toronto Blue Jays over the Chicago White Sox. The game was uneventful through seven innings as both pitchers were throwing shutouts until the eight began.
The Jays exploded in their half of the eight with six runs on seven hits, sending each player to the plate in the inning. Rookie outfielder Travis Snider started it all off with a double. The next batter, Joe Inglett, was able to move Brad Wilkerson (pinch runner) to third on a sacrifice bunt.
Wilkerson then scored on Marco Scutaro's third hit of the game and the Jays just kept coming hard. After two more singles, White Sox starter Gavin Floyd was pulled from the game in favor of Matt Thornton. Thornton would get Adam Lind to strikeout but Lyle Overbay followed that up with a two-run single.
Rod Barajas and Scott Rolen followed that by driving in three runs between them. Floyd finished the game with seven and one-third innings pitched, giving up four runs on seven hits, one walk, while striking out two. Sox manager Ozzie Guillen used five pitchers in relief for just five outs.
The White Sox managed to keep it interesting in their half of the eighth when they managed to score four runs off of Shaun Marcum and Scott Downs. Jermaine Dye was able to hit a two-run double, followed by a two run shot from the bat of Jim Thome. With B.J. Ryan on for the save in the ninth, he made it interesting when he put on runners on the corners with just one out.
He escaped without any damage, earning himself his 29th save of the season. Marcum went seven and one-third innings pitched, giving up just two runs on five hits, one walk, while striking out six batters.
Up Next: David Purcey (3-5) starts off the most important series of the year, a four game set against the Boston Red Sox. He will be opposing knuckle baller Tim Wakefield (8-10).