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Sports Richard Griffin: Blue Jays open Cleveland series with a bang

06:56  14 april  2018
06:56  14 april  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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By Richard GriffinBaseball Columnist. It was an unlikely 8-4 win for the Blue Jays in the opener of their weekend series against the Indians at Cleveland ’s Progressive Field on Friday night, the kind of comeback victory they did not enjoy all of last April.

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It was an unlikely 8-4 win for the Blue Jays in the opener of their weekend series against the Indians at Cleveland’s Progressive Field on Friday night, the kind of comeback victory they did not enjoy all of last April.

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Jays catcher Russell Martin tags out Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor, trying to score from second on a single in the sixth inning of Friday night’s game.© David Dermer Jays catcher Russell Martin tags out Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor, trying to score from second on a single in the sixth inning of Friday night’s game.

The Jays added three in the ninth on a two-run double by Pearce and another double by Hernandez, called up earlier in the day.

Early on, it seemed like this was destined to be an unlucky Friday the 13th for the Jays and starter Marcus Stroman. But it all turned around in the top of the fourth inning as the Jays scored four runs to tie the game at fours.

Stroman allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings, his a third straight disappointing start in 2018. He had a shortened spring due to right shoulder inflammation, but nevertheless managed to make his start in the opening series against the Yankees. In his second start in Texas, he suffered the loss after throwing 51 balls and 45 strikes, the first time in his career he’d logged more than 50 per cent balls. Then came Friday night.

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Jays starter stuck between Arash and a hard place, columnist Richard Griffin writes. Blue Jays open Cleveland series with a bang . Call-up Teoscar Hernandez sparks offence after another so-so start by Marcus Stroman vs. Indians.

The Indians’ bats had come alive the last two games, scoring 14 runs. That beat went on against Stroman with two runs in the first and two in the second. His pitch count was racing toward 100 when the Jays struck big to tie it up.

Cleveland right-hander Mike Clevinger had been cruising before walking back-to-back Jays to start the fourth. With two out, Kevin Pillar singled, driving in the first run. Then on the seventh pitch of the at-bat, on a 2-and-2 pitch, Aledmys Diaz liked a fastball and drove it out to centre for his fourth homer of the year to tie the game. Stroman responded with a perfect 10-pitch fourth inning and it was game on.

The mystery of why Josh Donaldson did not pinch-hit on Wednesday in the ninth inning, when he would have represented the tying run in Baltimore, was answered mid-afternoon on Friday. The Jays placed their MVP on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation of the throwing shoulder, recalling the 25-year-old Hernandez from Triple-A Buffalo. By not allowing him to pinch hit, Donaldson will be eligible to return to the active roster next Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Hernandez was immediately inserted into the lineup, batting second and playing left field. Manager John Gibbons left the struggling Randal Grichuk in right and kept Pearce in reserve. It paid off.

The Jays broke a six-game losing skid at Progressive Field that included two games in the AL Championship Series in 2016.

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Blue Jays management has talked the last two off-seasons about getting younger and more athletic yet, on opening day, the position players in the starting lineup averaged 31 years old and the most athletic player was 37-year-old outfielder Curtis Granderson.The Jays fielded a vastly different lineup in an 8-5 win at Yankee Stadium on Friday, a game that featured the debut of 24-year-old second baseman Lourdes Gurriel and the continued emergence of 25-year-old outfielder Teoscar Hernandez. Both are young and athletic, but not guaranteed starters moving forward.

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