TORONTO — The same lineup three games in a row? Is that legal? It sure didn’t seem it when John Gibbons was running the show. Then again, the offense was doing zilch when Gibby was around and he kept trying to find the right mix. Cito Gaston has had — what those things called, runs? — so he keeps rolling out the same order.
Yeah, yeah, bases loaded no outs, no runs. 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Loss. All on Wednesday night. But, shoot, five runs in a loss was almost unheard of earlier this year — let alone another game that included more than one homer. I mean, one homer has been hard to come by for the Jays.
Gaston said he likes what Voodoo? Mighty? Joltin’? Joe Inglett has been doing out of the No. 2 spot so he’s kept him there. Inglett’s showing has helped convince Gaston to keep Marco Scutaro at short. But, Scutaro’s play has also kept him in the mix, too. Gaston said he still plans on getting David Eckstein back in there soon.
Cito said he might’ve switched the order up some tonight, but he didn’t think it was fair for the guys who have been sitting to have to come in and face Edinson Volquez right out of the gates. So, same lineup it is. Two more times, and this will be tied for the most used lineup of the season.
Oh, and in case any of you have been out of the loop, John Parrish is starting for the Jays on Saturday. It was officially announced today, even though we’ve been writing it for a few days now. With the Triple-A Chiefs, the 30-year-old lefty has gone 10-1 with a 2.74 ERA, 90 strikeouts and 35 walks in 82 innings. Not too shabby.
CINCINNATI (36-42) at TORONTO (37-42)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre
Jerry Hairston, SS
Adam Dunn, LF
Brandon Phillips, 2B
Ken Griffey Jr., DH
Joey Votto, 1B
Jeff Keppinger, 3B
Jay Bruce, RF
Corey Patterson, CF
Paul Bako, C
PITCHING: RHP Edinson Volquez (10-1, 1.71)
Marco Scutaro, SS
Joe Inglett, 2B
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Matt Stairs, DH
Scott Rolen, 3B
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Gregg Zaun, C
Adam Lind, LF
PITCHING: RHP Jesse Litsch (7-4, 4.06)