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Today, we move from Edgar Allen Poe to some sportswriters of T.O. That's right, only yours truly has access to the Double Secret Probation Edition of last night's game summaries from Globe and Mail writers Larry Millson and Jeff Blair.

It's not important how I obtained them. What we need right now is a stupid, futile Game Report! And if you don't like this, my advice to you...is to start drinking heavily. Take it away, Globe boys! Up first, Larry Millson:


TORONTO -- Dustin McGowan was born in Savannah, Georgia. A 90 minute drive from there lies Ludowici, where he attended high school.

Considering this, the Blue Jays expected some strong pitching from the rookie last night, but it fell apart in the seventh when Pete Walker took over.

The Tigers scored the first run of the game off McGowan, who was making just his third start of the season. Placido Polanco singled, scoring Brandon Inge. This run would almost be forgotten as the teams scored at least four times more each before the game ended.

The Blue Jays got two outs on the basepaths, as Gregg Zaun threw out Polanco trying to steal second base. Also, Carlos Guillen was thrown out trying to advance to third on a nice relay throw by Alex Rios, via Aaron Hill.

The Blue Jays looked as if they would not get anything against ex-Jay Sean Douglass, just like they were shut down by ex-Jay Chris Carpenter earlier in the season.

But Aaron Hill hit his third homer of the season in the fifth, which put the Jays on top, 2-1. McGowan continued his fine pitching into the sixth, striking out four and walking just one through those six innings. He was at 83 pitches entering the seventh. Ultimately, the game was decided on the last play, as Orlando Hudson forced Carlos Guillen

But the Tigers came back with a run on a bases loaded fly ball that was heading to right fielder Rios.

But Vernon Wells cut in front and made the catch.

The Tigers rallied against McGowan, then Pete Walker allowed both inherited runners to score. The Blue Jays have used their bullpen a lot recently. Considering this, they did not want to overwork the relievers in tonight's game.

But the Blue Jays went to Frasor in the seventh, who performed admirably, then the next relief pitcher was Miguel Batista. Considering this, the series continues tonight.


And now, I believe Mr. Blair has something to say. Jeff?


THREE CHEERS
Alex Rios, RF, Blue Jays
Okay. Now you've got some power. I like it.
Dustin McGowan, SP, Blue Jays
Now that's the way to go. Keep improving and you'll never see the minors again.
Jose Cruz Jr., OF, Nobody
Tim McGraw had you in mind when he sang My Old Friend. Designated for assignment everywhere but in the heart.

THREE JEERS
Sean Douglass, SP, Tigers
McGowan's first career win is very grateful...
Pete Walker, P, Blue Jays
...but McGowan's ERA is not.
Vance Wilson, C, Tigers
Throws a vicious elbow not seen since the free sportswriters' buffet at the All-Star Game.


Much thanks to Larry Millson, who was so honoured to hear of this special Game Report that he will probably deny any involvement. Oh, and he'll most likely act like he doesn't know me. That Larry, such a joker.

So if you run into him, don't ask him about it. And don't mention it to Jeff Blair, either. Just trust me on this, okay?

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westcoast dude - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 09:49 AM EDT (#125118) #
There was a lot to like in the stats, as well. Not only 6 runs on just 7 hits and 0 walks, but 6 two out RBIs and nobody left in scoring position. Rios' outfield assist was an airmail gift to McGowan that helped him breeze through six. Goodbye, Syracuse.
Dr. Zarco - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 11:14 AM EDT (#125123) #
The play with Wilson not being given first on the HBP happened earlier this year. In a game in Oakland, Joe Crede blatantly stuck his elbow down and toward the plate and got called back as he was trotting to first. This led Ozzie to get chucked and the whole White Sox team to claim conspiracy by that particular umping crew. It's a call I think should be made more often. Crede was fairly funny...the next pitch he popped up to end the inning, and right after he hit it he threw his bat about 30 feet, turned to the ump and gave him a huge "F-you," which of course showed him the gate as well.
Magpie - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 01:04 PM EDT (#125146) #
And, if I remember correctly, Jermaine Dye ended up playing shortstop?
Magpie - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 01:06 PM EDT (#125147) #
Larry Millson, who was so honoured to hear of this special Game Report that he will probably deny any involvement.

Well, you know who's going to hear about it, one way or the other, just a few hours from now...

"Rob? Rob who? No, Larry. I don't know him... He did what?"

smcs - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 01:38 PM EDT (#125154) #
Just so you know, Jose Cruz Jr. was traded by the Red Sox to the Dodgers for futures. This is his 3rd trade and his 4th team this year. This is also his 6th team in 4 years. He just has to join the San Diego Padres to complete the NL West sweep.
rtcaino - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 01:42 PM EDT (#125156) #
My best memory from last nightís game was McGowan's semi standing ovation. Just about gave me goose bumps. I bet he just felt like a million bucks, especially considering the guy couldn't even pitch at the start of the year.
Dr. Zarco - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 01:53 PM EDT (#125160) #
And, if I remember correctly, Jermaine Dye ended up playing shortstop?

You're exactly right Magpie. I was begging for a ball to be hit to him for pure comedy, but as it was the top of the 9th (I believe it was a tie game too, that the A's won in the bottom of the 9th), he only had a few outs to play SS.

Jobu - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 02:29 PM EDT (#125164) #
On a positive note, I'll be in fancy pants 100 section for free tonight! (not that I can afford to be there otherwise). Will anyone else be rubbing elbows with the illuminati?
rtcaino - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 02:36 PM EDT (#125165) #
I wish man, but I've had a good run of free $50 tickets this last week. Last night I was in the 200 level behind the Jay's dugout. And Friday I was directly behind the plate, 12 or so rows up.

Where are you sitting?

I may go to 518 tonight if people will be there. Otherwise Iíll enjoy a quiet night in on the live chat.
hugh - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 02:42 PM EDT (#125168) #
I'm in 114 tonight. Some killer discount on the seats through the wife-to-be's work. Every game I've had tickets to this season, Chacin has pitched. Just random chance.

The last two, he's won. Here's hoping!
PlatinumSombrero - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 03:17 PM EDT (#125173) #
Reminds me of a couple years ago when I saw Escobar on the hill every game I went to that season but one. Never planned it that way, it just worked out.
kpataky - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 03:36 PM EDT (#125178) #
Dustin left the game in the 7th having only given up 2 runs while getting the first out of the inning. Pete Walker let 2 inherited runners score if I'm not mistaken.
King Ryan - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 04:39 PM EDT (#125183) #
OK, someone has to explain the joke to those of us who don't pay attention to the Ontario media. :)
Four Seamer - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 05:51 PM EDT (#125191) #
OK, someone has to explain the joke to those of us who don't pay attention to the Ontario media. :)

King Ryan, surely you are not meaning to suggest that Canada's National Newspaper is really no more than the Toronto Globe and Mail!

CeeBee - Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 07:54 PM EDT (#125193) #
Almost off topic but the most relevant thread I can find. :)

The more I listen to Rance Mulliniks the better I like him. In fact I'd be very pleased if he was the fulltime color man next year.
so..... #1 could you please "make it so" :)
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