Monday, May 17, 2010
The sun came out for Morrow
By Ian Hunter
Yesterday's start against the Texas Rangers was one way to put it behind him for good.
In the warmth of the Sunday afternoon sun amongst 25,518 fans at the Rogers Centre, Brandon Morrow turned in a very respectable performance. Six innings, two earned runs, and eight strikeouts were a positive sign in what's been an up and down season for the young Blue Jays starter thus far.
The Texas Rangers outhit the Blue Jays nine to three, but the Blue Jays three hits were very timely. Most of all, John Buck's three run double in the bottom of the fourth inning.
I have to say, when John Buck hit that ball, I was thinking grand slam all the way. Then I noticed Buck hold up at second base and twirl his fingers in the air as though asking the umps "did that clear the fence?"
So the boys in black quickly galloped below the dugout for what seemed like the quickest replay decision ever, indicating it was in fact a double. What confused me at first was, if the ball hit the overhang, shouldn't it have been scored a ground rule double?
Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining, because if that was the case, Bautista would've been held up at third base and it only would've been a two run double.
Then of course, Jose Bautista hit his tenth home run of the season to tack on an insurance run. That now ties Bautista for the club lead along with Alex Gonzalez and Vernon Wells.
Bautista was on his game last year when he hit ten home runs in the month of September. Now here we are mid-May and the Bautista Appreciation Society is growing and growing by the day. Don't worry, I'm working on the official membership t-shirts.
It seems like each time I go to the ballpark, he's getting bigger and bigger pops from the fans. He was a relative unknown in this city last year, and know Jose Bautista is making a name for himself here in Toronto.
All in all, a great series for the Blue Jays and it's always great when you get to sweep the visitor out of town. Next up, the Minnesota Twins!