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Jays Count Nine in the Sixth to Down Yankees
It was a relatively quiet night thru the first handful of innings, with each pitcher shutting down the opposition along the way. The first scoring chance of the game belonged to the Jays in the first inning when Frank Catalanotto would line a one-out double over the head of Tony Womack in center-field. Toronto would shoot themselves in the foot with the next batter, as Vernon Wells lined into a double play at second base to end the threat.
The first legitimate scoring chance for the Yankees would come in the fourth inning when Alex Rodriguez would double off the wall in right-center to lead off the inning. Bush however would settle down beautifully to strike out Jason Giambi, Tino Martinez and Jorge Posada to squash any New York rally.
The Blue Jays would then open the flood gates in the top half of the fifth against Mussina. With one out, Corey Koskie would walk, followed by back-to-back singles from Gregg Zaun and Reed Johnson to load the bases. Perhaps a bit rattled, Mussina would hit Eric Hinske and follow it up by walking home another run for a 2-0 Toronto lead. The suffering would continue for the New York righty as Russ Adams would hit a two-run double, and Catalanotto would single home Orlando Hudson. Vernon Wells would then light-up Mussina with a laser beam over the left-field fence, a three-run shot and Vernon's twenty-fourth dinger of the year. The Jays would tack on one more run in the inning off reliever Felix Rodriguez to make it 9-0 for the Blue Birds.
David Bush would go on to pitch six shutout innings on the day, allowing six hits while striking out seven batters.
Jason Frasor would relieve Bush to begin the seventh inning and the Yankee hitters were glad to see a new arm on the mound as they would bring home two runs in the inning with a Hideki Matsui double.
New York would score three times in the bottom of the ninth against Vinnie Chulk to make the game somewhat respectable, but the sixth inning debacle against Mussina would lead the Blue Jays to a 9-5 victory.
The Blue Jays will look to even the series at two apiece with an afternoon matinee tomorrow and will hand the ball to Gustavo Chacin (11-6) to face new Yankee Shawn Chacon (3-8) in search of the series split.
The game tomorrow can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet beginning at 1pm EST with radio coverage on The FAN 590.
InsideTheDome's Game Notes: Gustavo Chacin will look to get his first win of the season against New York after suffering two earlier defeats at the hands of the Bronx Bombers…If the Blue Jays want a chance to win Thursday, they will have to find a way to shut down Hideki Matsui who has gone 7-for-12 with a home run and six runs batted in so far in their four-game series…Toronto left-hander Ted Lilly is expected to begin his rehabilitation assignment with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Friday.
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