Toronto Blue Jays fall to 4-1 defeat as Bauer pulled
Trevor Bauer was pulled out of the game by Terry Francona after achieving seven hitless innings during their 4-1 win over the Blue Jays. He was hoping to throw the Indians first no-hitter in 38 years. However, he understood the decision made by management.
He said: “It was the right decision.”
Once he was replaced, Jon Edwards came in and got two outs before Brad Hand closed out; although he did give a single to Freddy Galvis. Shortly after this Toronto had a second hit and then scored before Hand struck out.
Baur was removed as a precautionary measure; despite only being six outs away from the record. Francona decided to play it cautiously despite pitching a career-high 127 pitches last season. However, the weather wasn’t the best, and the coach made the decision.
Speaking of his decision after the conclusion, Francona said: “I didn’t want to take him out.
“He said he knew it was the right thing. I told him I hate it. He goes, ‘I hate it, too, but I know it’s the right thing.’ I care too much about him and this organization to hurt somebody. I would have loved to have seen it because I don’t doubt that he would have kept pitching and probably not given up a hit the way he was throwing.
“I just have an obligation to do the right thing, even when it’s not the most fun thing to do.”
Prior to his count getting too high, the unorthodox pitcher was assisted by some fantastic fielding. This was evident as Carlos Santana dove to stop a possible hit at the end of the fifth. In the following inning, Tyler Naquin ran down Rowdy Tellez’s shot towards the line.
Meanwhile, for the Blue Jays, Justin Smoak was pulled from the lineup due to a sore neck.
The series continues today as Trent Thornton of the Blue Jays will be facing Shane Bieber. Thornton managed to strike out eight over five innings on his MLB debut on March 31st against Detroit Tigers.
In other Blue Jays news, they have added Alen Hanson and Socrates Brito to the roster. In order to free up the room in the squad for these players they have let go of Sea Reid-Foley and Anthony Alford; both traded to Buffalo.
Hanson joins the Blue Jays as part of the trade that saw Kevin Pillar leave to the San Francisco Giants. Meanwhile, Alford was called up to the Jays following that deal being completed.