The Toronto Blue Jays (63-55) have extended their winning ways along the sunny California coastline, as they defeated the Oakland Athletics (57-60) by the score of 3-1.
The win came off the shoulder of starting pitcher Shawn Marcum (11-6), who finished with a complete-game, one-hitter that helped to erase the memories of two previous disappointing outings. The dominant win also served to show that he has yet to hit the proverbial wall expected for pitchers coming off major arm surgeries.
The Jays offense partly came in unusual fashion yesterday, as Jose Bautista scored Toronto’s first run of the game via an inside-the-park homerun in the fourth inning.
What made the Bautista’s MLB leading 37th homerun of the season so unusual, was A’s left-fielder Conor Jackson, who appeared to give up on the ball, after Bautista’s drive bounced back onto the field and rolled back up the left field foul line, towards the infield.
In the confusion, the Oakland squad simply watched the ball roll while Bautista, taking nothing for granted, chugged around the bases to score.
After Bautista crossed the plate, giving the Jays a 1-0 lead, the replay showed what Conor Jackson saw; the ball had struck the foul pole – which signifies a standard homerun. However, the umpires failed to signal the homerun and the official scorer marked the strange play as an inside the park homerun.
The Blue Jays will send Brandon Morrow (9-6) to the mound tonight to face the A’s Dallas Braden (7-8).