The Venezuelan Winter League kicked off its 2012-2013 campaign on Thursday evening, and left-handed…
Six-Run First Inning Dooms Miller, Jays Sweep Bost
It would be Reed Johnson, who has played so well as of late, leading things off for the Jays with a triple over the head of Johnny Damon in center. The next batter, Orlando Hudson, would fly out to the track in deep center, scoring Johnson easily, who tagged up from third to give the Jays a 1-0 lead. After an Alex Rios groundout, Shea Hillenbrand earned a hard fought walk, allowing Eric Hinske to drive Miller out of the park for a two-run shot. It wasn't over there as Toronto would load the bases for Russ Adams, who cleared the bases with a three-run double finishing a six-run inning.
The Jays would get one more in the second off Miller when Manny Ramirez would throw out Hillenbrand trying to stretch a single into a double but not before Hudson would come around to score from second. Miller left the game after two innings, allowing seven runs, all earned, on six hits.
Rookie left-hander Gustavo Chacin, pitching on an extra day of rest, was in search of his first win this month after receiving no decisions in his previous four starts. With such a big lead so early, it would have been easy for Chacin to coast, but the native of Venezuela did not want to take anything for granted in this one – he wanted to shut the door on the Red Sox, and he did exactly that, pitching six innings of seven hit ball, allowing only one run, a Damon sac-fly in the fifth.
Toronto would add an eighth run off Jeremi Gonzalez in the bottom of the sixth when Adams would collect his fourth RBI of the night on a single to left, bringing home Gregg Zaun who hit a ground-rule double to right, making it 8-1.
Pete Walker would pitch the final three innings, without allowing a run, surrendering two hits for a situational save.
The Blue Jays now sit five games above .500 for the first time this season, tied for second place with the New York Yankees. They will now welcome the Minnesota Twins to town for a three-game set, pitting a rematch of Josh Towers (5-2) and Johan Santana (5-2). Towers came out on top in their first match-up a week ago, which saw the Blue Jays rough up Santana for seven runs in five and one-third innings.
The game on Friday can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet starting at 7pm EST as well as on The FAN 590AM.
InsideTheDome's Game Notes: Former Blue Jay John Olerud, who signed a minor league deal with Boston, had his contract purchased and will join the Red Sox in New York when they take on the Yankees Friday…Roy Halladay, who has been sidelined with a strained left oblique muscle, said he felt no pain during a simulated game and announced himself fit to pitch on Sunday…Russ Adams, who drove in a career high four runs, raising his batting average up to .252.
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