News Forum Blogs Roster Players Schedule Depth chart Stats Videos Photos

Toronto Blue Jays News

News » Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2009-04-28

Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2009-04-28

Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2009-04-28
When a team loses its closer, it's usually a cause for alarm.

But not for the Blue Jays.

Before going on the disabled list with a strained trapezius muscle, lefty B.J. Ryan had gone 2-for-4 in save situations and his command and velocity were lacking.

With Ryan on the DL, manager Cito Gaston has turned to lefty Scott Downs, formerly the Jays' set-up pitcher, and he has been perfect, retiring six consecutive hitters in his two save situations to go 2-for-2 in that department. In nailing down the save in Sunday's 4-3 victory over the White Sox, Downs needed just eight pitches.

Downs has been a closer-in-waiting the past few seasons. Last year in 66 appearances, he posted a 1.78 ERA and logged 24 holds.

Through 10 appearances this season, Downs has allowed one run on five hits over 10 2/3 innings for a 0.84 ERA. He has not walked a batter, struck out 14 and has held hitters to a .121 average.

Downs, who is superstitious in that he doesn't like to be interviewed when he's on a roll, is fully prepared to thrive in the role in Ryan's absence.

"We're very fortunate," Gaston said of having a pitcher like Downs being ready to fill in.

ROYALS 7, BLUE JAYS 1: LHP David Purcey allowed three home runs as his record fell to 0-2 in five starts. The Jays, who lead the league in hits and batting average, were held to two hits, by DH Adam Lind and 3B Scott Rolen. 2B Aaron Hill went 0-for-3 as his hitting streak ended at 11 games. Purcey allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings, walked three and struck out three.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:
Added: April 28, 2009

Toronto Blue Jays Photos
All the latest Toronto Blue Jays Photos Store photographs. Major League Baseball MLB.
The most recent photo
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Windows Live

Copyright ©, Inc. All rights reserved 2008.