Sunday, April 26, 2009

Burres tagged in Jays debut

As expected, lefty Brian Burres had a less than spectacular debut as a member of the Blue Jays rotation, taking the loss after surrendering 6 runs on 7 hits in 4.1 innings against the White Sox Saturday.

The stat line is a little bit misleading. Burres allowed just a pair of runs in the first 4 innings, but ran into trouble in the 5th. He allowed one run and then proceeded to load the bags. Reliever Shawn Camp came into the contest and promptly was tagged for an RBI single, followed by an Alexei Ramirez grand slam which busted the game open. 3 of the runs surrendered by Camp were Burres resposibility.

After destroying the White Sox 14-0 in the series opener (a game that could have been a whole lot closer had Brian Tallet not gotten out of the 3rd inning unscathed), the 10-2 loss in game two felt the same way. A pair of fantastic defensive plays by Brent Lillibridge and Jerry Owens in the 4th & 5th innings when the game was knotted up boosted the Sox. Chicago then responded with the big six run 5th inning that chased Burres from the game.

With a victory in the rubber match, the Jays will have been secured 6 straight series' to open up the 2009 campaign.

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