Blue Jays switch to the offense to ensure Montoyo’s first win
Teoscar Hernandez had a two-run single as part of a four-run fourth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays earned a 6-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Also, Freddy Galvis had a two-run hit in the inning for the Blue Jays (1-1). Furthermore, Justin Smoak had a two-run single of his own in the sixth.
Also, Matt Shoemaker (1-0) pitched seven scoreless innings. Giving up just two hits and striking out seven for Toronto.
However, Javy Guerra pitched two scoreless innings of relief to back Shoemaker’s solid performance.
Matthew Boyd (0-1) looked dominant for Detroit (1-1) in the first three innings. But gave up four runs – three earned – in the fourth.
He struck out ten over five innings. Reaching double digits in Ks for the second time in his career. Boyd had 11 on Sept. 8 against St. Louis.
Furthermore, Buck Farmer, Blaine Hardy and Reed Garrett all came out of the bullpen for the Tigers. With Hardy giving up two more runs.
Brandon Drury led off the first inning for the Blue Jays with a triple to deep left field. However, Boyd bore down and struck out the next three batters to end the inning, stranding Drury.
Before the game, Toronto’s rookie manager Charlie Montoyo had confirmed that Drury would be his leadoff hitter most of the time, but on occasion, he’ll use Randal Grichuk.
However, Hernandez got Toronto on the board in the fourth inning. He stroke a single to score Grichuk from second and advance Smoak to second. It ended a 13-inning scoreless drought to open the season. The longest in Blue Jays’ history.
Also, Galvis added to that lead four batters later, smashing a base-hit into centre field. Tigers outfielder Mikie Mahtook mishandled the ball, giving Galvis enough time to slide into third and clear the bases. Smoak, Hernandez, and Billy McKinney, who had reached base on a single in the previous at-bat, all scored to give Toronto a 4-0 advantage.
“I saw (third base coach Luis Rivera) send in the guys home because that’s when I decided to go to third base,” said Galvis, who finished the day with two hits, three RBIs, and a run. “I prefer making the fielders get me out and let the runs score.”
Smoak added a pair of runs to that lead in the seventh inning, finding a gap between third and short for an RBI single.
Rookie manager Montoyo was pleased that Rivera gave the green light to all four runners with two out.
“The third base coach deserves a lot of credit,” said Montoyo. “They never get credit because that was an outstanding send by Luis Rivera. That was very good.”
Furthermore, this was Montoyo’s first win as a manager in Major League Baseball. Montoyo told reporters that he was freezing after his players dragged him into the bathroom to shower him with beer, shampoo and buckets of ice water after the victory.
“Oh man, it was great,” said starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker. “Charlie comes in, first big-league win, we threw him in the shower, gave him a nice cold shower. It was great.
“He needed a cold one. He got about 50, 60 cold ones all at the same time. It was awesome.”