23-10: How sweep it is: Sox sweep Jays in Toronto

Lowell hits his third HR of the seriesThe Boston Red Sox completed an astonishing sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays tonight, on their home turf. With the 8-0 victory tonight, the Sox won all three games by a combined margin of 26-5. That’s a kind of dominance you don’t see in baseball anymore. The Sox now have four starters with at least four wins, the only team in baseball to claim that distinction. If the starting staff can stay healthy, you’ve got to like our chances. With the exception of perhaps the Cardinals last year, the past few World Series champs have been headlined by excellent starting staffs that managed to stay healthy and make all their starts (2004 Red Sox, 2005 White Sox).

Tim Wakefield (4-3) went seven shutout innings against the struggling Blue Jays, who have now lost nine in a row. He allowed just three hits and uncharacteristically only walked one batter, throwing just 93 pitches in the outing. It was rumored before the game that the Blue Jays had decided to leave the retractable dome open today, rain or shine, in an attempt to foil the darting motion of Wakefield’s knuckleball. It didn’t help.

Starter Roy Halladay was roughed up for eight runs tonight in his worst outing of the year. Though he walked none, he gave up eleven hits in five innings and needed 86 pitches to get that far. A very uncharacteristic outing for Halladay.

Another scoreless outing from Hideki Okajima and a rally squashed in the ninth by J.C. Romero gave the Sox their second shutout of May, the other one coming in a 2-0 win at Minnesota. That’s their third shutout of the year, for those who are counting. That’s not too shabby, and attests to the quality of this pitching staff.

Mike Lowell homered in each game of this series, bringing his season total to 7 and starting to make people wonder if the old Mike Lowell of 2003 (32 HR, 105 RBI) is scheduling a return engagement.

Toronto lost closer B.J. Ryan for the rest of the season, as he underwent Tommy John surgery today. That makes their prospects for 2007 seem especially questionable, as their current replacement, Jason Frasor, struggled in that role previously and is currently sporting a 5.65 ERA.


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