Monday’s game was a quirky kind of game in more than one sense, but through all the strange things the Nationals would ultimately come out on top. The Nationals were visiting a ball park most of the young players had not been to yet again when they went to the Roger’s Centre in Toronto Canada. With one of the Blue Jays’ best starters on the mound in Brandon Morrow and one of the Nationals solid starting 5 in Edwin Jackson, it was to be an exciting game. The first inning was decisive for both teams, however.
Brandon Morrow, fresh off a complete game shutout, took the hill for the Toronto Blue Jays. Almost immediately, Morrow would give up a leadoff double to Steve Lombardozzi. A couple of pitches later, Morrow would express concern over what looked like his back. He would leave the game after having faced 2 batters and recording no outs. After Morrow left the game, Chad Beck would take his place on the hill. Shortly after taking the mound, Beck surrendered a single that would give the Nationals a lead they would never relinquish. The Nationals scored 1 run off Morrow, 3 runs off Beck, and 1 more run a piece off Luis Perez and Francisco Cordero throughout the game. In the 3rd inning, with Bryce Harper on base, Adam LaRoche hit a deep fly ball that went upper deck to increase the Nationals lead. Rink Ankiel would also go deep for his 4th home run of the year to pad the Nationals’ lead.
Edwin Jackson would also go deep in this game against Toronto, but in a different sense of the word. In the first inning, Colby Rasmus would square one up for a solo home run to take Jackson deep, but that would be one of few blemishes from Jackson. Jackson did not appear to have his best stuff, but it did not seem to hamper the right hander too much as he pitched an excellent ballgame. After a rough 1st inning, Jackson would get outs at a quick rate and get a lot of ground balls to help reduce his pitch count. Jackson would record 12 of his outs via the ground ball. In the end, Jackson would go deep into the ballgame, but get pulled after giving a leadoff double in the 9th. Jackson’s final line was 8 innings, 2 runs on 4 hits, with 3 strikes outs, and 3 walks.
Sean Burnett came into the game to record the last 3 outs in relief of Edwin Jackson. With 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Blue Jays would send pinch hitter Yan Gomes to the plate. On a 1-1 count, Yan Gomes would take Sean Burnett deep to make it a 6-3 ballgame. Shortly thereafter though, Burnett would get J. P. Arencibia to ground out and end the game. The Nationals would win by the score of 6-3.
Brandon Morrow left very early in the game, so the Blue Jays had a long night and will likely have a tired bullpen as a result. Edwin Jackson went deep into the game, with both Adam LaRoche and Rick Ankiel doing so in support offensively. Ideally, with the solid effort from Jackson, the Nationals will have the upper hand for the remainder of the series.