Blue Jays fall to 4-3 defeat in 11 innings

Nicholas Castellanos’ RBI single in the 11th helped the Detroit Tigers edge the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Centre.

Daniel Stumpf (1-0) picked up the win and Shane Greene provided the save as the Tigers (2-2) earned a split of the series with the Blue Jays (2-2).

Thomas Pannone (0-1) was saddled with the loss.

Blue Jays starter Trent Thornton (0-0) surrendered two hits over five innings. While striking out eight in his big league debut. Toronto starters have now pitched 24 shutout innings to begin the season. Beating the previous franchise record of eight innings set by Jack Morris in 1992.

In the fifth, Thornton got Mikie Mahtook swinging to record his eighth strikeout of the afternoon setting a new franchise record for strikeouts in a major league debut. The record was previously held by Matthew Boyd and Marc Rzepczynski. Who each recorded seven strikeouts in their respective debuts.

With Tim Mayza on in relief, Niko Goodrum led off the seventh with a double and later scored on a bases-loaded walk issued to Jordy Mercer by Javy Guerra. Jeimer Candelario then singled to left scoring a pair of runs.

Candelario finished the afternoon going 5-for-6 with a pair of RBIs in the win.

Elvis Luciano became the youngest pitcher in Blue Jays history to make an appearance. When he came on in relief of Guerra with two out in the seventh. The 19-year-old is also the first player born in the 2000s to appear in a Major League game.

Tigers starter Matt Moore (0-0) went seven innings allowing just two hits. While striking out six and walking two.

Toronto responded in the eighth with Joe Jimenez on in relief for the Tigers. Kevin Pillar reached on a single and advanced to third on a ground rule double from Richard Urena. Rowdy Tellez, pinch-hitting for Luke Maile, then took Jimenez 1-1 changeup over the wall in centre field for his first home run of the season tying the game 3-3.

Meanwhile, youngster Rowdy Tellez will be getting “plenty of playing time as DH”, reports John Lott of The Athletic. Tellez, 24, went 0-for-2 with a walk in Thursday’s home opener. After being named a late addition to the team’s 25-man roster.

Also, the Blue Jays will be receiving $1 million in international bonus pool room from the Athletics in the Kendrys Morales trade. According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. Davidi notes that with the money acquired from the Orioles in the Dwight Smith Jr. trade, the team now has $1.5 million to use. Which must be spent before July 1.

Free agent RHP Dan Straily, who was reported of interest to the Blue Jays this past week. He reportedly has “MLB offers and rotation spots assured with 3 AL teams”. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Straily, 30, pitched to an ERA of 4.12 in 122.1 innings with the Marlins in 2018, striking out 99 and walking 52 in 23 starts.

It has also been announced that Thursday’s home opener, which drew 45,048 fans, is the lowest since 2000 when the team drew 40,898, tweets Mitchell. Since 2000, the largest home opener crowds have been in 2005 (50,560), 2006 (50,449), and 2003 (50,119). Notably, the team hasn’t hit the 50,000 fan mark since 2008.

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