Toronto Blue Jays vs, Detroit Tigers - Game Report - March 29, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, March 29, 2019
Blue Jays (6) - Tigers (0)
Photo Credit: @BlueJays
TORONTO – Matt Shoemaker pitched seven shutout innings as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 6-0 on Friday night.
Shoemaker (1-0) earned the win for Toronto (1-1), gave up just two hits and two walks while striking out seven.
The former Los Angeles Angel was in control throughout his Blue Jays debut, allowing just four baserunners in the outing. Shoemaker did not allow a hit until the fourth inning.
Freddy Galvis delivered the big hit of the night for Toronto, cashing in three runs on a bases-loaded single in the fourth that was bobbled by centre fielder Mikie Mahtook.
Teoscar Hernandez drove in the first run of the season for the Jays on a single earlier in the fourth inning, giving life to the 18, 054 fans at Rogers Centre.
Nick Castellanos created all the offense for Detroit (1-1), collecting the only two hits for the Tigers on Friday evening.
Matthew Boyd (0-1) took the loss for Detroit, giving up four runs (three earned), on five hits while striking out 10.
The former Blue Jay was dealing through three innings but ran into trouble in the fourth, letting the first three men on base and giving up all four runs before getting the third out.
Justin Smoak added to the lead after Boyd was removed, poking a single into left field to score two, giving the Jays a 6-0 lead in the seventh.
Shoemaker was cruising early, sitting down 10 straight Tigers before running into trouble in the fourth, but managed to work around a double and a walk to keep the game scoreless.
Brandon Drury started the bottom of the first with a bang, driving the ball over the head of Mahtook in centre for his fourth career triple.
The Jays bats were unable to cash in on Boyd, who struck out the next three batters to end the threat.
Another pitching duel was shaping up early, as Shoemaker and Boyd combined to retire the next 16 batters following the Drury triple.
The series will continue Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Aaron Sanchez will start for Toronto, while Spencer Turnbull will take the hill for Detroit.