Stroman struggles again, as Toronto Blue Jays lost 8-0
Martin Perez earned nine strikeouts over seven innings as the Minnesota Twins belted three homers in an 8-0 battering of the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday evening at the Rogers Centre.
Meanwhile, Jason Castro, Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario went deep for the Twins. They also outhit Toronto 12-3 and were in complete control from the first pitch.
Also, Perez allowed two hits and two walks over his 102-pitch outing.
Toronto starter Marcus Stroman, meanwhile, allowed for five earned runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. Meaning his earned-run average jumped to 2.96 from 2.20.
“He’s just not locating his pitches,” said manager Charlie Montoyo, who was ejected by home plate umpire Adam Hamari for arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning with Brandon Drury at the plate. “When you face a lineup like the Twins, they swing the bats. You throw the ball down the middle. They’re going to make you pay.”
The Blue Jays have now lost six of their last seven games.
Meanwhile, Stroman was looking to bounce back after lasting 3 1/3 innings in his previous appearance. However, he couldn’t find the rhythm. He gave up a pair of singles in the opening frame before an error led to an unearned run.
Shortstop Freddy Galvis was credited with another error when he couldn’t come up with Stroman’s throw to second. This allowed both runners to advance. Rosario then drove in Polanco with a slow grounder to second base.
The Twins took advantage of the Blue Jays weak defence again in the second inning.
Teoscar Hernandez misjudged a Jonathan Schoop hit down the left of the field. He waved at the ball as it went over his head and off the wall for a double.
Perez had no trouble the first time through the Toronto order with a walk to No. 9 hitter Danny Jansen the lone hiccup.
Schoop and Byron Buxton had doubles in the fourth inning as the Twins tacked on two more runs. Toronto’s first hit came in the bottom half of the frame when Galvis led off with a single.
Galvis moved to second on a walk to Justin Smoak. However, Guerrero, who was batting just .152 since his call-up from triple-A Buffalo, hit into an inning-ending double play.
Rosario’s fifth-inning solo shot to straightaway centre — his 12th homer of the year — ended Stroman’s night. The Toronto right-hander gave up two walks and struck out a pair.
Polanco hit a solo shot off reliever Daniel Hudson in the seventh inning for his sixth homer of the season.
“Just wash it. Move on,” Stroman said following the loss. “Focus on the next one. I’m not worried about it.”
Montoyo’s frustrations came to a boil in Toronto’s half of the fifth when he went to the defence of Drury after a called strike — and that’s when Montoyo was told by the masked man who enforces the rules to hit the showers early.
“The moment I go out there, I know I’m going to get thrown out. You don’t argue balls and strikes,” the skipper said. “From experience, usually teams that are losing or having a tough time are the ones that are complaining the most. Right or wrong, any time you complain about balls or strikes, you’re going to get thrown out.”