The last time Ryan Franklin faced the Toronto Blue Jays; he didn’t last long, getting pounded for eight runs in less than three innings of work and hoped that Wednesday night would bring a different result.
Toronto would make sure that Franklin didn’t escape easily tonight though, as Vernon Wells would double home Russ Adams and Frank Catalanotto before Aaron Hill would drill a two-run blast off the right-hander for a 4-0 lead after three innings of play.
The score would remain the same until the top of the sixth when Seattle would finally get on the board against Gustavo Chacin thanks to a solo home run by Raul Ibanez, trimming the lead to 4-1.
The Jays would seek out more in their half of the sixth though, when Catalanotto would take Franklin out of the yard for a three-run shot which would be followed two batters later with a two-run shot from Shea Hillenbrand off reliever J.J. Putz, extending Toronto’s lead to 9-1.
With a hefty lead for the Jays, Gustavo Chacin yielded to the bullpen after six innings of one-run ball on six hits. Vinnie Chulk would pitch a scoreless seventh.
Toronto would send out Chad Gaudin for the eighth and was rudely welcomed by Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre who both launched tape measure shots off the young right-hander to creep closer at 9-4.
Justin Speier would come in to shutdown the Mariners in the ninth, securing the win for Toronto.
Gustavo Chacin improves to (9-5) on the season while Ryan Franklin drops to (5-11) after surrendering eight earned runs on twelve hits in five and two-third innings of work.
Toronto will be looking for its first series sweep since they accomplished the task against the Boston Red Sox in late May, earlier this season. Thursday’s afternoon matinee will see Josh Towers (6-8) take on Joel Pineiro (3-5) of the Mariners.
Thursday’s game will not be televised but can be heard on The FAN 590am starting at 12:30pm EST.
InsideTheDome’s Game Notes: Seattle accused Toronto second baseman Orlando Hudson of stealing signs during the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game, but nothing transpired of the short squabble…WWE Alumni took part in the game, as ‘Mean’ Gene Orkerlund, ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper and Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan all threw out the ceremonial first pitch and also sang ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ during the seventh inning stretch.