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Dustin McGowan earns first win since June 22, 2008

Apr 11, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

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Dustin McGowan has had it rough over the last six years. The right-hander has undergone surgery four times since then, three times on his right shoulder and once on his knee. After a long road back to the big leagues, McGowan can go home tonight happy, as he has earned a win for the first time since June 22, 2008.

McGowan, 32, shut the Orioles out over 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and walking one while striking out two. It’s a marked improvement over his first start of the season in which he allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings. The Blue Jays scored twice for him in the fourth inning and the duo of Brett Cecil and Sergio Santos held the fort for the 2-0 victory.

  1. renaado - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Wow, certainly a long time since he got that win. I’m pretty happy for him accomplishing that.

  2. nbjays - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    I watched the game and his pitches stayed down, the changeup was working, the fastball was moving well, and his defense came up big a couple of times. All in all, a well-deserved win.

    It was noted that the last time he won a game, June 22, 2008, the lineup was as follows: Gregg Zaun – C, Vernon Wells – CF, Alex Rios – RF, Adam Lind – LF, Lyle Overbay – 1B, Scott Rolen – 3B, Joe Inglett – 2B , and Marco Scutaro – SS. There was no DH because the game was in Pittsburgh. B.J. Ryan got the save and it was Cito Gaston’s first game as manager after taking over from…. John Gibbons. That seems like forever ago.

    • cur'68 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      We needed this from him, nbj. A hat tip to My Boy McGowan.

      Our pitchers need to be good enough for The Beav to run with The Rays in the division. Tonight they face Jiminez. So far this season its been Erratic Ubaldo Jiminez. Against the fearsome likes of Crush Davis, Adam “Spike ’em” Jones, Matt “Screw The Scouts” Weiters, and Nellie “RoidRage” Cruz we send Drew “Who” Hutchison. Camden is a hitters paradise so I expect much offence from both teams especially if neither Ubaldo or Drew Who can keep their pitches down.

      Also its probably time to juggle the lineup a tad. Drop E5 to after Navarro (he’s been much better than E5 with the stick). Lind should bat 4th.

      Izturis to lead off, Melky, Jose “The Precious” Bautista, Lind, Navarro, then E5. That’ll make the most of those RBI opportunities.

      Probably also time to demote Goins to AAA and bring back Kawasaki. Goins isn’t going to get any better riding pine. He needs to play and right now AAA is the place for him. Kawasaki can provide more with the stick while playing decent D. Besides, everyone loves that guy. He’ll bring the house down.

      • nbjays - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:45 AM

        I agree on Goins. As good as his glove is, he is just overmatched against big league pitching right now, and as Yogi would say, ninety percent of it is mental, the other half is physical. Let him regain his stroke and his confidence back in Buffalo. If we had any sort of viable option at 3rd, I’d say do the same for Lawrie, too, but in my opinion, his hustle and D make up for the ice cold bat.

        ‘Saki-san would bring almost as good a glove and a better bat than Goins, and a helluva lot better attitude and morale. Plus, Goins in AAA might give Diaz a couple more starts at SS, rather than playing the last two innings as a defensive replacement.

        I think the thing I am enjoying most so far is Joey Bats’ plate discipline. A lot of that might be pitchers not afraid to walk him while EE is struggling, but let Edwin start to hit, or put Lindy in the 4-hole, and Jose will see more hittable pitches. He said his goal this year was to only swing at strikes, and so far it is paying off.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        Forget Kawasaki. Reyes will be ready soon and might have a rehab start early next week.

      • cur'68 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        Then Kawasaki for week is still > than Goins for a week.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        Both Gibbons and I think that Goins glove is worth more than Kawasaki’s better batting average.

      • cur'68 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        To the detriment of Goins’ hitting? He needs to play and Kawasaki can hold down 2nd or short just fine while having far more upside with the bat. Goins needs about a month in AAA to get his hitting on track then he can be called back up when Reyes goes back on the DL.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        Back to Kawasaki. I remembered tonight that he is not on the 40 man roster. To add him, the Jays would have to drop someone from the 40 man roster.

      • cur'68 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        Oh yeah. You’re right. Goins actually registered some OBP tonight. That’s good news. I guess.

  3. phillysports1 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Wow . At least Adam Lind remembers lol

  4. kingscourt25 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    I remember McGowan was a stud prospect for the Jays when I started to get more involved in saber metrics and the Internet baseball community… this was when the TV series ‘Lost’ was in its first season, ha.

    • paint771 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Mike Trout was 8 when the Blue Jays drafted McGowan as a first round pick.

      That year, the tv series’ “Survivor”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, and “CSI” were in their first seasons.

  5. quincy1959 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    Name another pitcher that has been that long between wins. I doubt there is one. But if there is, really doubt he had a contract the whole time with the same team. Jays resigned him a couple of years ago. A good story on not only the player having faith in himself but the team having faith in him too. Pretty rare in the baseball business world.

  6. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    And in the background lurks Chris Tillman is the corner mumbling to himself about Schoop and Flaherty plus poor D. Tillman goes 8 IP 3 H 1/4 BB/K 0ER and takes the loss. Ouch.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      Normally, I would feel sorry for Tillman who pitched a great game; however, in this situation, I was rooting for McGowan.

    • nbjays - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      Agreed. Tillman pitched a beauty and his defense (and offense, I guess) let him down. That curve was filthy last night. He deserved better with the way he pitched. Poor Schoop, I thought he was working for the USPS the way he was airmailing those throws. I watched the game on Sportsnet, and Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler spent the pregame show saying how the O’s are always a solid defensive team an can hurt you with the bat. I guess we all have off days. Next up: Hutch vs Norris.

  7. proudlycanadian - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Congratulations to McGowan and the Jays. Most teams would have released McGowan years ago but the Jays kept him on the roster and continued to offer him contracts. They knew how good he was when healthy and they also regretting losing an injured Chris Carpenter in a similar situation.

    Last season, once he was healthy, the Jays used McGowan in the bullpen. He pitched extremely well. This spring, he was the last man standing as other starting prospects flamed out. The decision to stretch him out and make him the #5 starter was made late in spring training.

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