In what has become a revolving door of starters for a Toronto Blue Jays pitching rotation, Gustavo Chacin has stepped up his game in the absence of ace Roy Halladay and most recently – the injured Ted Lilly. Chacin was looking to win his fifth start in a row and he would get off to a great start in the first by striking out the side.
The Toronto Blue Jays, who have seen their bats run cold in the first two games of their series with Texas, would find some offense in the third inning from the bat of Vernon Wells. With Aaron Hill on first with a single, Wells would lace a liner off the foul pole in left field for a two-run home run, his twenty-first of the season, giving the Jays a 2-0 lead. Hitting would become contagious after that as the Jays would string together four consecutive singles to bring home another two runs against Texas starter C.J. Wilson.
Texas would get on the board in the fourth against Chacin though, and second baseman Alfonso Soriano would start things off with a single and would reach second base safely after what appeared to be a force out on a grounder back to Chacin, but second base umpire Gary Cederstrom would rule Aaron Hill off the bag when receiving the throw. The next batter, Richard Hidalgo, would single to center, bringing home Soriano to make it 4-1.
The Blue Jays would get that run back though in the seventh against reliever James Baldwin, when Reed Johnson would take the right-hander out and into the second deck in left for a solo-shot, extending Toronto’s lead to 5-1.
Scott Schoeneweis and Justin Speier would combine to throw two and two-third shutout innings in relief of Chacin who went six and one-third innings allowing one unearned run on four hits.
Chacin would succeed in winning his fifth straight game and eleventh overall but his opponent, C.J. Wilson, suffered a much different fate, allowing four runs on eight hits in six innings of work, dropping his record to (0-3) on the season.
The Blue Jays will use Monday to travel to Chicago to face the best team in baseball, the White Sox, for a three-game series beginning Tuesday. Josh Towers (7-8) will get the start for Toronto while the Sox will trot out John Garland (15-4).
The game on Tuesday can be seen on TSN starting at 8pm EST with radio coverage on The FAN 590am.
InsideTheDome’s Game Notes: Aaron Hill showed signs of breaking out of a month-long slump by collecting two hits in five at-bats…It was announced this weekend that Roy Halladay will not be making his return against the White Sox but against the New York Yankees next weekend…Chacin now puts himself in a good position to win his second “AL Rookie of the Month” award by going 5-0 in July with a 2.97 ERA.