The Stat Line Of The Night — 7/24/11 — Brett Cecil
The Toronto Blue Jays have one of the most unreliable bullpens in the Majors, having blown 17 of their 37 save opportunities thus far this season. One of those blown saves came on Saturday night against the Texas Rangers, as the Jays entered the ninth inning with a one run lead, but couldn’t hold on, surrendering two runs in the final inning en route to the 5-4 loss.
If Toronto was going to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Rangers, they knew that yesterday’s starter, Brett Cecil, would have to be solid and may even need to record his second complete game of the career. Cecil would provide his team with just that, as he allowed only four hits and two runs against while striking out seven for the first complete-game shutout of his career. Cecil stymied the Rangers batters throughout the evening and a three run outburst in the sixth inning from the Jays batters was all that they would need, as they avoided the sweep with the 3-0 victory.
With the win, the Jays now move back to .500 on the season. As for Cecil, he earns his third win of the season, as well as the “Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, July 24, 2011.