Toronto Blue Jays vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Game Report - June 8, 2019

Tom Stewart
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Saturday, June 8, 2019

Blue Jays (2) - Diamondbacks (8) Final

Photo Credit: @BlueJays

David Peralta drives in three runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Friday evening at Rogers Centre in their first matchup since 2016.

Marcus Stroman (3-8) was roughed up in his 14th start of the season. The 28-year old lasted 5.2/3 innings, surrendering six runs on seven hits, with two walks and four strikeouts on 101 pitches.

Teoscar Hernandez hit his fourth home run of the season in the loss. The converted outfielder went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts, lifting his season average to a lowly .194.

Merrill Kelly (6-6) was dominant in his first career start north of the border. The rookie right-hander lasted seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits with three strikeouts on just 95 pitches.

Peralta went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs batted in. The veteran left fielder is now hitting .309 with an .884 OPS in 2019.

Arizona opened the scoring in a big way in the top half of the fourth inning. Peralta, Christian Walker and Kevin Cron drove in five runs for the Diamondbacks, spoiling Stroman’s great start to the contest; 5-0.

A homerun off the bat of Hernandez in the bottom of the fifth cut into the D-backs lead, but was answered quickly by Carson Kelly’s sixth longshot in the top half of the sixth.

The Blue Jays will continue their three-game set against Arizona Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Aaron Sanchez (3-6, 3.95 ERA) is set to take on Zack Greinke (6-2, 3.09 ERA) first pitch is scheduled for 1:07 EST.