Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics Report - April 19, 2019

Tom Stewart
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Blue Jays (5) - Athletics (1) Final

Photo Credit: @BlueJays

Marcus Stroman dominates over eight innings as the Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 Friday evening.

Stroman (1-3) scattered one earned run on five hits, struck out six and walked two on 105 pitches for his first victory on the year.

Socrates Brito snapped his 0-for-21 hitless streak. The newly acquired outfielder went 1-for-3 with a run scored, a walk and an RBI in the win.

Oakland starter Aaron Brooks (2-2) was pulled after five innings of work. He allowed five runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks on 91 pitches.

Matt Chapman went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and his 14th RBI of the season.

Coming into the contest, the Blue Jays had lost their last seven meetings against the A’s.

The Athletics (11-11) opened the scoring early. An RBI double in the bottom of the first off the bat of Chapman scored Marcus Semien from first; 1-0.  

The Blue Jays (9-12) loaded the bases with no outs to start the second inning. Justin Smoak led off the with a double off the wall in right field, a walk was issued to Teoscar Hernández and then Billy McKinney singled to right field.

The very next batter Danny Jansen smacked a two-run double into left field, deep enough to score both Hernandez and McKinney; 3-1 Blue Jays.

The hit parade continued in the second when Eric Sogard hit an RBI single into shallow right field, Brito scored on the play to make it 4-1 Toronto.

Brandon Drury hit his first home run of the season to extend the Jays lead to 5-1. The infielder hit a line drive over the left field wall snapping a streak of 65 at-bats without a home run.

McKinney was thrown out at third trying to stretch a double into a triple. Stephen Piscotty timed a perfect throw from centre field to collect his first assist of the season.

The Blue Jays and A’s will play the second game of a three-game series tomorrow at the Oakland Coliseum. Matt Shoemaker (3-0, 1.75 ERA) is set to face Mike Fiers (2-1, 7.06 ERA).