David Bush just cannot seem to catch a break. The hard-luck right-hander remains winless on the season, as the Blue Jays are now 0-6 with Bush on the mound. Its not that Bush has pitched poorly, as he’s allowed three runs or less in five of his six outings this season, the Blue Jays haven’t scored enough runs to win.
With Orlando ‘El Duke’ Hernandez on the mound, the Blue Jays were in tough facing the AL Central leading White Sox. Hernandez gave another strong outing, pitching seven effective innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. All of the Blue Jays runs came in the second inning when Corey Koskie homered to lead off the inning. Alex Rios then doubled home Shea Hillenbrand followed by Russ Adams who hit a sacrifice-fly plating Gregg Zaun which would give the Blue Jays an early 3-1 lead.
Chicago would get one back in the top of the third with a Scott Podsednik double to left scoring Joe Crede who doubled earlier in the inning. Jermaine Dye would hit his own lead off home run in the seventh off reliever Pete Walker to knot things up at three.
The Toronto Blue Jays bullpen that hadn’t given up a run in its past eight and two-thirds innings finally broke down tonight, as Jason Frasor got into some trouble in the eighth inning. Carl Everett got on base via a walk, and then the struggling Paul Kornerko singled to center, chasing Frasor from the game. In came Jays closer Miguel Batista who would pitch well but allowed a weak single to left field in front of Frank Catalanotto scoring Everett and Konerko, making the final score 5-3.
The Blue Jays will hope Ted Lilly (1-2) can give his team a good, strong outing after struggling in his past two starts in which he gave up eleven runs in just over nine innings of work. He’ll face the hottest pitcher in the American League in Jon Garland (5-0), who threw a complete game shutout the Oakland Athletics in his last start.
The game on Saturday can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet starting at 1pm EST as well as on The FAN 590AM.
InsideTheDome’s Game Notes: Shea Hillenbrand broke out of a mini 0-10 slump with a single in the second…Alex Rios, who continues to be criticized by the Toronto media for his lack of power, is batting over .300 with four doubles and four triples…The White Sox lead the league with 22 wins on the season, with Baltimore in second with 19…Blue Jays reliever Matt Whiteside, who hasn’t pitched since April 20 against New York, may be optioned to Syracuse to bring up a more reliable fresh arm. Jason Arnold, Mike Nannini and Spike Lundberg should be their top options.
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