Toronto Blue Jays End Season with a Bang in 10-1 Victory over Baltimore

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst ISeptember 28, 2008

Well, it was an exciting end to a very disappointing season as Jesse Litsch gave one last great performance in a 10-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, ending the Jays' season on a good note and giving them a final record of 86-76.

Jesse Litsch made sure he made the most of the final regular season game, giving the Jays his best performance of the season.

Litsch's only blemish on the night came when he gave up a run-scoring double to Melvin Mora, scoring pinch runner Alex Cintron.

Litsch finished the game having thrown seven very good innings, giving up just that one run on a measly three hits, one walk, while striking out five batters. Reliever Jesse Carlson pitched a scoreless eighth while Brandon League finished off the Jays' season with a scoreless ninth.

While the Jays' pitching was amazing, the Orioles' pitching proved to be just the opposite. Starter Jeremy Guthrie lasted just four innings, giving up three runs on six hits, one walk, while striking out three batters.

The relievers fared no better as Alfredo Simon and Bob McCrory each gave up three earned runs of there own while three others were able to throw shutout appearances.

The brunt of the damage was done by Blue Jay slugger Vernon Wells. He had a 4-for-4 night, driving in five runs, including two home runs. Marco Scutaro also played a big part at the plate in the last game of the season.

All-in-all, Toronto finished with just 126 home runs, their lowest since their 1982 total of 106. The Jays also scored their fewest runs (714), lowest slugging percentage (.399) since 1997.

When Gibbons was relieved of his duties the Jays were at 35-39 on the year, Gaston was able to produce a 51-37 record out of the same bunch. The Jays also hit .285 with RISP for Gaston while they only hit at a .231 clip with RISP with Gibbons at the helm, leading many people to wonder what could have been had Gaston been in control all season.

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