0-for-4

It was the great Ernie Banks who often stated: “It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame. Let’s play two.” And that’s exactly what the Toronto Blue Jays did on July 28 and 29 in 1997 — though it was far from beautiful. In back-to-back doubleheaders, the last such occurence in Blue Jay history, the visitors suffered a clean sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium. Five straight losses may be a little trying; but losing four times in 48 hours? Now that’s a tough pill to swallow.

The nightmare began when Toronto lost the opener, 1-0, despite future hall-of-famer Roger Clemens tossing a complete-game four-hitter. Save for Otis Nixon‘s leadoff double, the Jays were no-hit, and managed just two other baserunners the entire game (both on walks). Though Toronto collected 11 hits in Game 2, their pitchers surrendered 19 of their own, en route to a 9-3 loss.

Tilson_brito The following day proved no better, as the Brewers polished off the visiting club, 2-0, in just 2:01 to open the second double dip in as many days. A 4-2 defeat completed the two-day span that saw Clemens, Huck Flener, Woody Williams and Chris Carpenter each record a loss for Toronto.

Needless to say, it was not a good 48 hours for Blue Jay fans. Nor was it for infielder Tilson Brito, who went 1-for-14 with three strikeouts and an error during those four contests.

The Blue Jays stop the bleeding at five games, winning the opener (7-3) of a two-game set at Fenway Park … Tomo Ohka records his first win as a Jay, and Frank Thomas drills his 490th career homer … Aaron HIll continues to swing a hot bat, going 4-for-5 (triple shy of cycle) with a pair of RBIs … Toronto sends ace Roy Halladay to the mound Tuesday looking to return to .500 …

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