Blue Jays’ Marcum throws one-hitter against A’s

Posted: 17/08/2010 in MLB

Marcum throws gem as Blue Jays shut down A’s

Shaun Marcum pitched his first career complete game, allowing just one hit in a 3-1 Blue Jays win over the Athletics.

Marcum  (11-6) pitched  no-hit ball  through six  innings before  giving up  a leadoff  homer to  Conor Jackson in the  seventh. He walked just one and hit a batter while fanning five in the gem.

“There’s  no what-ifs,” Marcum said of a possible no-hitter. “I’m one of those guys  — I  don’t have no-hit stuff.  So, it’s just a combination of going out there, keeping the ball down and going from there.”

Jose  Bautista hit  his league-leading 37th home run of the season, an inside- the-parker,  while Edwin Encarnacion added a two-run shot. Jose Molina went 4- for-4 in Toronto’s fourth win in five games.

Brett Anderson (3-4) was the hard-luck loser after giving up three runs — two earned  — on seven hits and a walk in six innings. The A’s have now lost four in a row.

“Times like these are tough, but it’s baseball. You get to play baseball for a living,  it’s  not too bad. You  have to come to  the field and have fun every day,” Anderson said.

The game was scoreless until the fourth, when Bautista led off the inning with a  home run. The  ball appeared to bounce off the low portion of the foul pole just  above the  left field wall, but  the ball remained in play, and Bautista sprinted around the bases easily without a play at home.

In  the fifth,  Lyle Overbay  began the  frame by  reaching on  an error,  and Encarnacion  hammered  an Anderson offering over  the wall in left to give the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead.

Meanwhile,  Marcum was  dominant. He  retired the  first eight  batters before hitting  Cliff Pennington  with a  pitch. Pennington  was subsequently  caught stealing to end the third.

Marcum  allowed a  one-out walk  in the  fourth, but  retired the  other three hitters  in the inning, and set down six of the next seven hitters to maintain the no-hitter through six innings. One Oakland batter reached on an error.

However,  Marcum’s  no-hit bid came to  end in the seventh, as Jackson blasted the  first  pitch of  the inning  for a  home run  to left-center, cutting the Athletics’ deficit to two.

Marcum settled down, though, retiring the last nine batters he faced to polish off the victory.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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