Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hill goes long twice; sets Jays record

Aaron Hill had a day to remember. Too bad the rest of the team didn't. Hill hit not one, but two homers, his 18th and 19th of the campaign to surpass Roberto Alomar and his own previous record for most home runs by a 2nd basemen in club history.

Hill two solo shots combined with Jose Bautista's 2 run dinger staked Toronto to a 4-1 lead. And that's when the team disappeared. Starter Brian Tallet couldn't find the strike zone, coughing up the lead in the 4th frame after hanging up a 4 spot for the Phillies. Those runs turned out to be the difference in a deflating loss.

Hill just keeps on trucking, and if he continues on his current tear he'll smash Blue Jays records for a 2nd basemen. It's too bad his accomplishment is overshadowed because the team couldn't find a way to bury the Phils.

Barajas not heading to DL after all

Rod Barajas was to be heading to the disabled list with an injured hamstring following Friday's game against the Phillies. However, the Blue Jays have had a change of heart. The starting catcher is now considered day to day and will not be heading to the DL.

The decision occurred a day following the tweaked hammy, and means that minor league catcher Kyle Phillips, will not be he promoted to the big club to fill in for Barajas. In all likelihood, should Barajas not face a setback, Phillips will likely be passed over because Michael Barrett, who started the season as the Jays backup catcher but went down with a shoulder injury in April is close to finishing his rehab assignment at AAA Las Vegas.

In the meantime, Barajas will backup Chavez with Manager Cito Gaston indicating veterans John McDonald and Kevin Millar could catch in an emergency situation. Let's hope it doesn't get to that point.