Disappointing evening ends in 4-0 defeat for the Blue Jays
Clay Buchholz had enough experience regarding Pablo Sandoval to know not to miss the pitch when the slugger is at the plate.
The Blue Jays right-hander did just that Wednesday. Sandoval tagged his former Red Sox teammate with a home run to help lead the Giants to a 4-0 victory.
“I’ve been around Pablo for a while. He hits pitches that are not where they’re supposed to be really hard,” Buchholz said.
Moments after the game had concluded the Blue Jays announced the promotion of the hard-hitting Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The Blue Jays offence was shut out by Drew Pomeranz and the San Francisco bullpen.
Guerrero will join the Blue Jays when they begin a three-game home series against the Oakland Athletics on Friday.
Buchholz said he was excited to see Guerrero in Toronto after the 20-year-old had spent the last few seasons perfecting his craft in the minor-leagues.
“I got to see a little bit of him when I was down there in Florida (while both players were rehabbing injuries after spring training). He’s pretty special,” Buchholz said.
Pomeranz (1-2) pitched six scoreless innings during the Giants’ victory on Wednesday. He allowed just two hits. He walked a pair and strung out five to pick up his first victory of the season.
Evan Longoria, Buster Posey and Brandon Belt drove in a run each for San Francisco (11-14).
Buchholz (0-1) took the defeat. He allowed four runs and six hits with two strikeouts over five innings during his third start in a Blue Jays uniform.
“I thought Clay pitched pretty good. He gave us a chance,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He threw strikes, he kept us in the game. We just didn’t swing the bats today.”
Toronto didn’t get their first base-runner until the end of the fifth inning. When Pomeranz walked Rowdy Tellez. Teoscar Hernandez followed this up with a single for the Blue Jays first hit.
However, he was thrown out by a laser from Gerardo Parra in the left field when trying to stretch it for a double.
A double from Posey in the sixth cashed in Parra for the Giants’ third run and took Buchholz out of the game after 70 pitches. Longoria followed with another RBI double off reliever Tim Mayza for a 4-0 lead.
Sandoval led off the fifth with a no-doubt solo shot off Buchholz to put San Francisco up 2-0. It was his second homer of the season and second of the series. After also going deep Tuesday night.
Belt put the Giants on the board 1-0 in the fourth, plating Steven Duggar from second base on a two-out, ground-rule double. Duggar recorded the game’s first hit when he led off the frame with a single.
The Blue Jays’ Eric Sogard recorded a single in the sixth inning. This gave him at least one hit in seven games since he was called up from triple-A Buffalo last week.
Giants centre fielder and former Blue Jay Kevin Pillar continued to receive standing ovations from the crowd of 19,652 in his plate appearances Wednesday. Pillar was 1 for 3 with a double and an intentional walk.
Tuesday’s game had marked Pillar’s first in Toronto since he was traded to the Giants on April 2 and the team honoured him with a video tribute.