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14:55  16 may  2019
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Stroman’s outburst understandable after Blue Jays’ bats stay silent

Stroman’s outburst understandable after Blue Jays’ bats stay silent Marcus Stroman’s reaction to being removed from Saturday’s 7-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox by manager Charlie Montoyo is understandable on a human level. 

Blue Jays strike out in San Fran in Jackson’s record start© Ben Margot In his first start after a minor trade with the A’s, Edwin Jackson gave the Jays five innings, throwing 47 of 77 pitches for strikes.

Edwin Jackson strung together five innings in his Blue Jays debut, but what was a feel-good moment for the 35-year-old right-hander ended in a no-decision as Toronto lost 4-3 in San Francisco on a sixth-inning solo homer from Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford.

The homer came off Jays reliever Ryan Tepera, only the second he’s given up this season.

Jackson’s performance was so-so — six hits (five for extra bases), three runs (two earned), two strikeouts and a walk — but special nonetheless. He became the only player in major-league history to suit up for 14 different teams, breaking a tie with retired reliever Octavio Dotel at 13. Former Jays outfielder Matt Stairs is one of three others — along with pitchers Mike Morgan and Ron Villone — who played for 12 clubs.

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  • Driving in Drury: Leadoff hitter Brandon Drury scored all three runs for the Jays. He was driven home by a Freddy Galvis double in the first, trotted home on a wild pitch in the third and scored on an error on a Vlad Guerrero Jr. grounder in the fifth. The Jays didn’t score after that, facing a Giants bullpen that’s second in the National League with a 3.62 ERA and just two blown saves.
  • Teoscar’s sombrero: Teoscar Hernandez struck out in all four plate appearances, lowering his average to .189. Time could be running short for the Blue Jays left fielder to deliver on his offensive talent. It will be interesting to see what the Jays do in June if Hernandez continues to struggle at the plate.
  • Double trouble: In the sixth inning, the Jays failed to score after putting runners on first and third and none out. After singles by Randal Grichuk and Galvis, Hernandez struck out. Billy McKinney then stepped to the plate in what looked like a perfect situation for a safety squeeze bunt — something manager Charlie Montoyo likes to keep as an option. McKinney squared to bunt on the first pitch, but let it go for a ball. He worked the count to 2-and-0, then swung away and grounded into a double play — first to home. It’s a cardinal sin in baseball to make the last out of an inning at home plate, and begged the question: Why didn’t the Jays have McKinney bunt at 2-and-0, since he was likely to see a strike? Montoyo was giving McKinney one chance to drive the ball and possibly clear the bases. It didn’t pay off.
  • Vlad watch: Guerrero Jr. went 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, after stroking the first two home runs of his career in a 7-3 Blue Jays victory on Tuesday night at Oracle Park. After the first-inning free pass Wednesday, he had reached base 10 times in a stretch of 15 at-bats.
  • Up next: The Jays visit the Chicago White Sox for a four-game series starting Thursday.

Mark Zwolinski is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @markzwol

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