Toronto Blue Jays fall to 7-2 loss
Marcus Stroman wouldn’t have been pleased to see manager Charlie Montoyo heading to the mound on Saturday.
Stroman went six 1/3 innings and allowed eight hits and three earned runs and striking out four batters to earn a quality start for the Blue Jays. However, his performance was marred by a lack of run support and he was left frustrated by the timing of the decision to remove him from the game in what turned into a heavy 7-2 defeat against the Chicago White Sox.
“I’m never happy to be leaving the game. My teammates, my coaches, everybody knows that. I want to be the guy with the ball always,” said Stroman. “The last thing I’ve ever had in my head when a coach or manager comes to get me is ‘yes, I can’t wait to get out of this game.”‘
With runners on first and third and one out in the seventh inning, Stroman exchanged words with Montoyo as the Jays manager headed to the mound. Meanwhile, Stroman also appeared to have a heated discussion with pitching coach Pete Walker in the dugout following his removal as he finished the day with 97 pitches. With 61 of them for strikes.
Speaking of the reaction from Stroman following the game, Montoyo said: “I like it when pitchers get upset when I take them out. I don’t want them to be happy or hear ‘please take me out.'”
“That’s what I like about this group. Even the position players. When they aren’t playing, they get mad at me. Which I love it. That’s all good.”
Stroman who has never been one to hide his emotions was highly unapologetic about how he conducted himself during the game and said that Montoyo and himself have worked it out before the game was complete.
“No, not at all,” Stroman said when asked if he could have handled things differently. “It was a minor disagreement that I’m sure you guys (the media) will try to play into a bigger issue. But, as I said, me and Charlie spoke right after the inning and it was clear right then and there.”
The Blue Jays had just three hits and no runs when Montoyo pulled Stroman. Making his ninth appearance of this MLB season, Stroman has received a total of eight runs in support.
Meanwhile, Yolmer Sanchez had a home run and added a pair of RBI’s. Also, Charlie Tilson also drove in two runs for the White Sox. Who have now snapped a three-game losing streak.
Ivan Nova pitched six-plus innings and allowed one run on five hits. Furthermore, he allowed three walks and struck out three batters.
Immediately after the change, Sanchez would collect his second RBI when he’d attempt a safety squeeze. Law was unable to handle the ball by Sanchez and Tilson scored for a 4-0 lead. Meanwhile, Law was charged with an error on the play.
The Blue Jays would respond later during the seventh inning; when Randal Grichuk hit a solo homer to cut Chicago’s lead to 4-1. It was Grichuk’s team-leading seventh home run of the season.
Meanwhile, during the eighth inning, Tilson hit a two-run double for a 6-1 Chicago lead.
During the ninth, James McCann hit a ground-rule double to put Chicago 7-1 up. Meanwhile, Freddy Galvis had an RBI later in the innings for the Jays. But in truth, the White Sox were deserving winners.