Jays fans took a collective breather today. Since his appendectomy, Roy Halladay's been inconsistent at best and downright lousy at worst. Certainly out of character for one of the top five pitchers in the league. But ol ' Leroy looked like he might have climbed out of the hole today as he pitched a complete game shutout --- the ninth of his career. This was the second strong start for Doc in as many games so we are pretty pleased.
His line: 9.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K
In his post-game interview on Sportsnet, Doc attributed his recent return to form with going back to his old grip on his cutter. Doc was polite but apparently our pal Sal Fasano didn't know what the hell he was talking about. Figures.
Also impressive was the Jays timely hitting and fundamentals in the fifth inning. Two walks, two bunts, a single, a generous call, and a three run homer put the Jays ahead 5-0 and knocked rising star Felix Hernandez out of the game an inning later. Pile-on runs were too much to ask for but we got them anyway with the team scoring 8 runs in all. These guys splurge like drunken sailors on shore leave when they decide to score runs. Budget guys. Budget.