Padres teach Blue Jays a lesson in 19-4 win
While it was a night for celebrations in Toronto for basketball reasons; it was certainly the opposite from the baseball perspective.
Canadian pitcher Cal Quantrill earned his first MLB victory in the San Diego Padres’ 19-4 battering of the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.
It came during his fourth career start, and the 24-year-old native of Port Hope, Ont., tossed a two-hitter, struck out nine, walked two and gave up only three runs during six innings as his teammates banged out 20 hits and a franchise-record seven home runs.
Meanwhile, Canadian left-fielder Josh Naylor, 21, also made a milestone with his first hit and first RBI in the MLB. The native of Mississauga, Ont., lined a double off the centre field wall for the Padres to score through leadoff hitter Greg Garcia and gave Quantrill a first-inning lead.
Quantrill’s win came against the team that he cheered for as a boy. His dad, Paul, was a reliever for the Blue Jays for six of his 13 major league seasons between 1996 and 2001. Meanwhile, the younger of the Quantrill boys fondly recalled before the three-game series began on Friday his days of roaming the turf at Rogers Centre when his father played for the Blue Jays.
On his day off he has visited friends and family in Port Hope on Thursday. Before boarding a westbound hour-long VIA train ride to rejoin his teammates in Toronto.
He estimated close to 200 friends and family members were among the 24,212 in attendance at Rogers Centre.
Naylor also had plenty of local support. He made his MLB debut during the Padres’ recent 6-3 win on Friday. However, he went 0 for 4 as San Diego’s designated hitter in that particular game.
Meanwhile, Naylor went 3 for 6 in his second outing. Following his double, he lined out to right field in the third inning. He struck out in the fifth and sixth innings. Before, he was awarded an infield hit and RBI in the seventh inning after rookie Toronto third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. bobbled the chance and a third hit in the eighth. This came as a slow-rolling single down the third-base line off the end of his bat.
Also, Naylor hit second in the Padres batting order. Which also produced two homers each from outfielders Will Myers and Hunter Renfroe.
Quantrill received a nice cushion from Myers and second baseman Ian Kinsler during the second innings. Before the two smashed back-to-back homers to left and centre fields, respectively. It was the first time that the Padres have hit successive home runs this year.
Meanwhile, the game was busted wide open during the fourth inning. When Padres catcher Austin Hedges belted his first career grand slam into the left-field seats.
Jays starter Edwin Jackson lasted just the four innings. He gave way to left-handed reliever Thomas Pannone, who started the fifth inning.
This was the third start for Jackson since the Blue Jays acquired the 35-year-old right-handed starter earlier this month.
Quantrill yielded a home run to Blue Jays left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the second inning and a two-run shot from Toronto’s Justin Smoak in the fourth inning. Things can only get better for the Jays…