TORONTO, ON – Trade winds blew through the Texas Rangers clubhouse on Friday keeping Chan Ho Park from facing the Blue Jays as emergency starter John Wasdin, along with three relievers six-hit the Blue Jays to continue their recent dominance over Toronto in a 4-1 win at the Rogers Centre.
Chan Ho Park was pulled from his start against the Jays tonight as it is expected he will be dealt to the San Diego Padres for Phil Nevin. In his place, John Wasdin took to the mound, hoping for a better start than his six run performance over one and two-thirds against Toronto on July 8th.
The last time Scott Downs faced the Rangers, he fell prey to a bad call on a home run to Gary Matthews Jr., but this time, there was no doubt about this shot as he drilled a solo-shot into the second deck in left-center to lead off the ball game and give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
Texas would tack on another run, making it 2-0 in the second when Mark DeRosa would single home Kevin Mench who doubled to left field to begin the inning. The Jays left-hander would settle down though, blanking the Rangers for the next three innings before being replaced by Brandon League, who came on to pitch the sixth.
Toronto would finally get on the board in the bottom of the fourth on a Corey Koskie double to center to bring home Vernon Wells who hit his own double to begin the frame. The Jays would strand Koskie on third though to halt any chance of tying the game up at two.
After a scoreless inning from League in the sixth, the flamethrower would relinquish a run in the seventh. The Hawaiian native would hit DeRosa with a high and inside fastball, and then uncork a wild pitch advancing DeRosa to second. The wild pitch would prove costly as Michael Young would single to right to plate Texas’ third run of the game.
The Rangers would benefit from another Jays miscue in the eighth when Scott Schoeneweis’ pickoff attempt of Alfonso Soriano ricocheted off Eric Hinske’s glove at first base and continued to bounce down the line in right, allowing Soriano to take third base. Kevin Mench would then drive a grounder off the glove of shortstop Aaron Hill for a double, making it 4-1 Texas.
But unlike Toronto’s uncanny comeback attempts back in Arlington, they would be no such thing this night, as Francisco Cordero would retire the Jays in order in the ninth to complete the 4-1 victory.
John Wasdin wouldn’t last long enough to register a win but his teammate Doug Brocail (4-2) would, pitching two and one-third innings, striking out four. Although pitching well, Scott Downs (0-2) would pick up the loss, allowing two runs on five hits thru five innings of work.
The Blue Jays will look to get back on track Saturday when former first round draft pick Dustin McGowan will make his major league debut against one of the best power hitting teams of major league baseball in the Texas Rangers. Joaquin Benoit (2-1) will take the ball for the visitors
The game on Saturday can be seen on TSN starting at 4pm EST with radio coverage on The FAN 590am beginning at 3:30pm EST.
InsideTheDome’s Game Notes: The Blue Jays have now lost five straight games to the Rangers…Roy Halladay will test out his mobility in the next couple of days to determine whether he’ll be able to pitch against the Chicago White Sox next week…Supplemental first round draft pick Zach Jackson pitched well in his first start for Triple-A, tossing five and two-third innings allowing three runs while striking out six.