No cheering in the press box ...
... At least, that's the rule.
But after watching Roy Halladay dazzle again and the Blue Jays offence fizzle in likewise fashion, it was hard to not to hang one's media credentialled head for a moment.
Dustin Pedroia - "Superman" as Vernon Wells later called him - robbed the Jays centrefielder of the game's first RBI in the ninth. Then the familiar duo of Ortiz and Ramirez got to Halladay with two out. Kevin Youkilis hit the dagger single. Wells, moving quickly from the penthouse to the rubbish bin out back, bobbled the ball. Ortiz, running hard, but hardly running from second, arrived home with the winning run and a bad case of mountaineer's lung.
For a while there, it looked like the only two Jays on the field were Halladay and David Eckstein. The Toronto shortstop fielded 10 groundballs for outs, three off the club record for assists in a game. Unfortunately, it looked like that on the offensive side of the ball as well. Toronto could only manage one hit - a single - off Boston starter Jon Lester.
Halladay has now pitched four consecutive complete games. That's three more than anyone else in the majors. And his record is 2-4. I'm sure the losses in Orlando and Kansas City all hurt. I wasn't there for them. But this one tonight looked like a gut buster in the Toronto dressing room.
Dustin McGowan will have his work cut out tomorrow trying to rally this crew.