The Jays, manage only 2 hits over the 7 innings of shut out pitching by the A's Blue Jay killer, Starting Pitcher Rich Harden.
The Jays lost the last time they faced Oakland's Harden, ten days ago on August 9th at Rogers Centre (4-1). Brett Cecil pitched really well in that game too --- but Harden pitched better.
Now, too, again.
Filling in for Alan Ashby on the Blue Jays Radio Network, colour analyst Gregg Zaun says, Cecil 'can't spit the ('L') hook after another really good start'.'Cecil gave up one less run this time..' - Howarth and Zaun mussed in the eighth - '...but so did Harden.'
Cecil vs Harden - August 19th 2011
Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA B Cecil(L, 4-6) 7.0 4 2 2 5 4 1 111-67 4.24 Oakland Athletics Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA R Harden(W, 4-2) 7.0 2 0 0 4 11 0 115-72 3.91
Harden vs Cecil - August 9th 2011
Oakland Athletics Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA R Harden(W, 3-2) 7.0 5 1 1 2 8 1 107-71 4.07 Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA B Cecil(L, 4-5) 7.0 4 3 3 2 5 2 108-76 4.31
This is the last time this year the Jays will face the troublesome Harden. Two games remain in this 4 game series - now tied at one shut out each.
ESPN Boxscore Toronto at Oakland August 19, 2011