Gordon Brown
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Jays Vs Tigers Game 1 at Rogers Centre

Photo credit:@BlueJays

TORONTO — The Detroit Tigers spoiled the season opener for the Toronto Blue Jays in a narrow extra innings victory on Thursday. 


Christin Stewart smacked a two-run home run in the top of the tenth inning to shift the pressure onto Toronto and ultimately emerged with a win. His two RBI would stand as the game-winning runs. 


Jordan Zimmerman was perfect through seven innings of work, throwing 70 pitches and posting four strikeouts. He needed only 15 pitches in the first two innings of work.


Marcus Stroman (0-0) produced seven strikeouts and had zero earned runs in a tight night matchup. He faltered early, surrendering two walks over the first two innings but recovered as the game went on. 


The Blue Jays had only two baserunners as Brandon Drury and Teoscar Hernandez each went 1/4 on the day with singles. 


In the fifth inning, Stroman struck out the side consisting of Niko Goodrum, Christin Stewart, and Grayson Greiner.


Stroman walked three batters across the opening four innings but did not allow a hit until the sixth innning. Nicholas Catellanos produced a single and effectively ended Stroman’s bid for a perfect game.


Daniel Hudson (0-1) surrendered a costly two-run home run to Stewart in the top of the tenth for the Blue Jays, who ultimately lost 2-0. Goodrum also scored on the play. 


Shane Greene earned the save to secure the victory for Detroit. 


The series continues tomorrow at Rogers Centre with first pitch scheduled for 7:07 p.m.