OK, we lost 2 of 3 from the Jays. That was not good but before we figure out what went wrong, let’s look back to the year 1978. It was a good year for the Birds (90 wins). However on July 26, the last-place Jays hosted Baltimore. A pair of now deceased left-handers started on the mound. It was Mike Flanagan for the Birds and Tommy Underwood for the Jays. And Baltimore had a good start as the “Big Bopper” Lee May singled in a run.
Flanagan stopped the Jays in the home half of the first. And that was the extent of the good news.
Otto Velez opened the Jays second with a double. Flanagan didn’t get another out. Velez doubled again in the first. Nine runs went up on the board. In the next three Toronto at-bats, the Jays added 15 runs. Only the relief work of outfielder Larry Harlow and catcher Elrod Hendricks stopped the Jays’ attack. May had a big day with 2 homers and a double. The O’s scored 10 runs and lost by two touchdowns. Final score; Toronto 24, Baltimore 10. Oh, gosh.
Read more about Elrod Hendricks pitched well in this loss (Blue Jays series review) …