TORONTO — Today’s game left little doubt which was the better team. It was dominated by superstar performances, all from the visitors’ dugout.
For the second consecutive time, Mike Caldwell shutout the Toronto Blue Jays. It was as dominating as a one strikeout, seven-hit shutout could ever be. He didn’t walk a batter, and in only one inning (the fourth) did he allow two baserunners. In that inning, though, one of those runners was wiped out by a double play. Not once did Toronto even get a player to second base. Complete dominance.
Cecil Cooper would drive in the first two runs of the game with a two-out, two-run double, hitting just below the 400 foot sign in centerfield. In the fifth, he hit an absolute laser beam into right center that barely cleared the wall and was out of the park in the blink of an eye. It was his 22nd home run of the season. Cooper would also collect two singles, finishing the game with four hits, two runs scored and three RBI.
Those were the two standout performances. But Ted Simmons also went 2-for-5, including a three-run home run in the ninth to put the game well out of reach. Gorman Thomas had two hits, including his AL-leading 26th home run of the season.
After hitting only two home runs in seven games, the high powered Brewers are back to their old ways, hitting seven in the past two games in Toronto. This is the team we fell in love with during most of June and July. This is the complete team, with overwhelming power and just enough pitching, that should run away with the AL East.
The Boston Red Sox fell to the Baltimore Orioles 4-2, giving the Brewers a 1 1/2 game lead in the division. The Brewers get a much deserved day off tomorrow.