Marcus Stroman hasn’t had much to cheer about this season.
It’s not that the Blue Jays right-hander isn’t off to a solid start, with a 2.95 ERA that’s among the best in the American League. It’s the run support — or lack thereof — that must have Stroman scratching his head.
The Jays had averaged 1.38 runs in his first nine appearances, the worst offensive support for any regular AL starter through Wednesday, and the trend continued in Thursday night’s 4-2 loss to the White Sox in Chicago. The Jays did score both of their runs while Stroman was in the game, but it wasn’t enough.
In his first start since publicly expressing frustration with manager Charlie Montoyo and pitching coach Pete Walker for taking him out after 61/3 innings against the White Sox at the Rogers Centre, Montoyo let Stroman throw 107 pitches at Guaranteed Rate Field, 10 more than last time out. He lasted six innings this time, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out six.
- Dazed and dazzling: Billy McKinney, starting in left field after the demotion of Teoscar Hernandez earlier in the day, crashed headfirst into the chain-link fence in pursuit of a fly ball by Yolmer Sanchez in the fourth. McKinney, knocked onto his back from the impact, made the catch for the second out and was checked out by Jays staff before returning to the game.
- No-hit wonder: Down 2-1 after the White Sox went on to score a run on three singles in the fourth, the Jays tied it in the sixth without a hit. Eric Sogard drew a leadoff walk, stole second and, with two out, scored on an error by third baseman Yoan Moncada, who was trying to throw out Randal Grichuk at first base.
- Damage done: The White Sox loaded the bases with two out in the seventh against reliever Joe Biagini, who struck out Castillo to end the threat … Reliever Derek Law came on in the eighth and, after a strikeout, walked Sanchez, followed by a Charlie Tilson single. No. 9 hitter Ryan Cordell then bunted back to Law, whose throw to the plate was too late to prevent Sanchez from scoring. Garcia followed with a sacrifice fly to cash in Tilson.
- News and notes: Montoyo told reporters in Chicago that Drury will see some time in the outfield after Hernandez was sent down … The Jays will go with a bullpen day on Saturday. Potential starter Clayton Richard (knee) will instead start a rehab assignment.
- Up next: Right-hander Aaron Sanchez starts for the Jays against righty Ivan Nova and the White Sox on Friday at 8 p.m.
Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @lauraarmy
Published at Fri, 17 May 2019 04:36:41 +0000