May 20, 2007
Waiting on Dustin
By KEN FIDLIN
A day later, Dustin McGowan's Jekyll and Hyde performance Friday still had heads shaking. For four innings against the Phillies, McGowan was as dominant as any pitcher ever has a right to be. Then he fell apart, walking three, including the opposing pitcher, and gave up a couple of RBI singles in a five-run fifth.
"I see him better and better," said manager John Gibbons. "I see progress. The results weren't what we wanted. I see him more confident. I see dominating stuff. He's just got to go out there and experience it. You can't talk him through it. Talk is cheap in this game.
"It may take awhile, it may come fast, we don't know but it's worth sticking with, that's all I know," said Gibbons.
The Jays' offence, or lack thereof, continues to be the primary reason they're well under .500. Only three teams in the American League have scored fewer runs.
"We're an American League team and a big part of that is scoring runs," said Gibbons. "We haven't been doing that but that's what we're built for. These guys will come around."
Roy Halladay played a game of catch again yesterday but this time he was mimicking his pitching motion. Halladay, who underwent an appendectomy nine days ago, expects to start training more aggressively to get back into the 25-man roster by early June.
Leftfielder Reed Johnson is recovering well from back surgery and may be back before the end of June.
A At the plate: The Jays belted out 14 hits and achieved a new season high in runs, hitting double figures for only the second time this year.
A- Starter: Shaun Marcum held the Phils hitless for the first four innings but gave up two in the fifth.
A Bullpen: Scott Downs, Jason Frasor and Josh Towers all pitched a clean inning. In one stretch, Downs and Frasor struck out five Phils in succession. Downs fanned the last two batters he faced in the seventh and Frasor struck out the side in the eighth.