Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 to complete series sweep
Mike Clevinger struck out ten and only allowed one hit over five scoreless innings. He then left the game with upper back tightness as the Indians beat the luckless Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 on Sunday. Meaning they have completed a four-game sweep.
Meanwhile, Clevinger (1-0) hasn’t allowed a single run in 12 innings throughout his first two starts. Furthermore, striking out 22. He retired his first nine hitters. He walked Socrates Brito leading off the fourth. Before then giving up a double to Freddy Galvis. Clevinger fanned Rowdy Tellez, Randal Grichuk, and Teoscar Hernandez. Overall, he threw 75 pitches.
The Indians pitchers have struck out 57 in total over the three-games.16 of which came against the Blue Jays on Sunday.
The Blue Jays dropped to 3-8 and have struck out a league-leading 111 times.
Carlos Santana, reacquired during the off-season, had an RBI double in the first. Meanwhile, he is hitting .419 with a 1.067 OPS. Also, Tyler Naquin had three hits, including a run-scoring single during the opening. Jose Ramirez also added an RBI double in the fifth.
Brad Hand got five outs for his fourth save, completing a three-hitter. Pinch-hitter Lourdes Gurriel grounded into an inning-ending double play in the eighth.
Marcus Stroman allowed six hits and three runs during the six innings with six strikeouts. Danny Jansen had an RBI single in the eighth off Adam Cimber.
Justin Smoak had a sore neck and was missing from the original lineup for the third time in the series. Meanwhile, Smoak was one-for-five, with a double on Saturday. However, he couldn’t play in the finale.
Next up for the Jays is a fixture which has international appeal. Toronto travel to Boston’s storied Fenway Park in a game that will capture the hearts of all associated with Puerto Rico, the tiny baseball-loving island.
Montoyo told the Toronto Sun: “Everybody’s been talking about that since I got the job, that they knew we were going to play Boston on April 9.
“That’s the first thing I heard: you and Cora are going to face each other. I think it’s great for me, it’s great for my family and friends, and it’s going to be great for Puerto Rico.”
Though Montoyo and Boston’s Alex Cora are ten years apart in age and have endured vastly differing career paths, however, they are united by the alternating red stripes and five-pointed star of the Puerto Rican flag. That brotherhood only strengthened when the Blue Jays appointed Montoyo.
“We’ve texted here and there, and he’s been great, very helpful,” Montoyo said. “I saw him at the Winter Meetings, and we talked about the job and some of the things that go with it. He said he’s very proud of me and I said the same thing. I said it’s not easy what you’ve done and as a Puerto Rican, I’m proud of what you’ve accomplished already.”
Cora also has respect for his counterpart. He said: “There are only 30 jobs and there are 30 owners.
“And they’re going to hire who they feel is capable. The people here in Boston, they saw me that way and now in Toronto, they did it with Charlie.
“I’ve been saying it for five or six years: This is not about minorities. It’s not about him being Latino or Puerto Rican. Charlie Montoyo is a great baseball man and he’s been coaching and managing for a lot of years.”