And Miguel Batista struck out Jason Giambi with the bases loaded in the eighth en route to his 30th save.
New York - Bottom of 1st
D Jeter homered to right.
R Cano homered to left.
G Sheffield flied out to center.
A Rodriguez to second on wild pitch by T Lilly.
H Matsui doubled to deep right, A Rodriguez scored.
J Posada walked.
B Williams fouled out to catcher.
T Martinez singled to center, H Matsui scored, J Posada to second.
B Crosby grounded out to pitcher.
New York - Bottom of 2nd
D Jeter walked.
R Cano singled to center, D Jeter to third.
S Marcum relieved T Lilly.
Anyway, Koskie doubled in Wells to tie it up in the fourth, and Russ Adams put the Jays up to stay with an RBI double in the fifth. Josh Towers held the line through six, Going Going Zaun chipped in a two-run homer, Schoeneweis and Chulk bridged the gap until the ninth inning - when Jason Frasor worked an uneventful and scoreless inning for his first save of the season.
I know what you're thinking, but no - Batista was just getting the night off after pitching in three straight games.
Oh. Oh, I see. Blown to bits, you say? Could you recover any of the--
Oh. Oh, I see.
Wright has an excellent 3.39 ERA since returning from the DL on August 15th, his K:BB ratio though is just 18:16 in 37 Innings.
The Jays come out on the right side of a one-run game.
You know what that means...
Curiously, the game turned on two slow rollers hit by Travis Lee to Shea Hillenbrand. Shea, who made a couple of lovely scoop and flip plays on similar balls yesterday and today, misplayed both. He couldn't field the ninth inning roller cleanly, and the tying run crossed the plate - in the eleventh his throw home short-hopped Zaun, and the winning run crossed the plate.
Not that this game should have come down to that.
Even better, Miguel Batista struck out Travis Lee to seal the deal. Sweet!
Not this time, buddy. Towers turned in six solid innings, and McClung seemed to lose all heart after Joey Gathright misplayed Shea Hillenbrand's inning ending fly ball into a two-base error that plated the game's first two runs. Frank Catalanotto made a couple of fine plays in left field and rapped out a couple of key early hits, Corey Koskie hit an enormous home run, and Gabe Gross made a very nice running grab in the gap and went 3-4. Which raised his batting average from .222 to .265. A decent night's work.