Blue Jays vs. Indians Game Recap - Apr. 4, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Thursday, April 4, 2019
CLEVELAND, OH _ Trevor Bauer pitched seven no-hit innings to lead the Cleveland Indians against the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Thursday night at Progressive Field.
Bauer (1-0) threw 117 pitches to get through those seven innings, largely due to six walks and eight strikeouts he recorded. He also hit a batter. Jon Edwards and Brad Hand pitched another inning of no-hit ball, but Freddy Galvis was able to break it up in the first at-bat of the ninth inning.
Cleveland’s offence was powered by Tyler Naquin with two hits, one of which was a double, and a run scored. All four runs scored by the Indians tonight were cashed in without a hit - two sacrifice flies, one bases-loaded walk and one fielder’s choice.
Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez (1-1) finished the game with six innings pitched, allowing two earned runs on five hits, two walks and five strikeouts. He never looked particularly shaky, surrendering a run on a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, but took the loss due to the poor offensive showing.
The visiting Blue Jays again could not find themselves at the plate, and while they took a lot of walks they were unable to find any offence with runners in scoring position, finishing one-for-seven. Galvis led the team with a single and three walks in four plate appearances.
With the victory, Cleveland improved to 3-3 on the young season. Their offence entered the game with the lowest batting average and lowest on-base percentage in the majors, as they continue to scuffle to find wins.
This loss dropped the Blue Jays to 3-5, as their predictably dismal season continued at the plate.
Cleveland’s closer Hand ran into some trouble in the ninth inning, when he allowed Galvis and Alen Hanson consecutive singles, followed by an RBI double by pinch-hitter Teoscar Hernandez. This was Hanson’s first hit as a member of the Blue Jays. Hand escaped the game by striking out Randal Grichuk and Rowdy Tellez.
Joe Edwards struck out two batters in relief of Bauer in the eighth, but he hit a batter and allowed two walks to load the bases with two out before being pulled. Lefty Brad Hand took over for Edwards, and promptly induced a pop-out by Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
In the seventh inning the Indians increased their lead to 3-0, on a sacrifice fly by Jose Ramirez, which was his first RBI of the season after hitting 105 last campaign. This capped off a sequence of a double, error and walk conceded by Tim Mayza in relief of Sanchez. A bases loaded walk to Brad Miller increased the lead to four.
Naquin recorded the first hit of the night on an infield single hit to Alen Hanson, who was not able to convert his first fielding opportunity into an out for his new team. Sanchez allowed another hit in the inning but induced a groundout against Jose Ramirez to escape the inning.
The fourth inning was not much easier than the third for Sanchez, as Jake Bauers and Carlos Santana hit consecutive singles followed by a walk to Miller to load the bases with none out. A fielder’s choice ground ball hit to Gurriel at first drove home the opening run of the game, hit by Greg Allen.
The Indians scored the second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly hit by catcher Roberto Perez to the centre-field warning track.
These two teams return to action in Cleveland tomorrow. The Blue Jays will send Trent Thornton to the mound in the second game of the four game series.
Cleveland sends Shane Bieber to the mound for his first start of the season.
NOTES: Justin Smoak was available as a pinch hitter but was withheld from the starting lineup with a neck issue. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. started the at first base for the first time in his career.