Marcus Stroman pitched 7 dominant innings in a losing effort as the Blue Jays were shut out by the Indians 4-0
- The Indians opened the scoring in the top of the 5th as Kevin Plawecki doubled home Greg Allen
- Marcus Stroman pitching line: 7IP 5H 1R (earned) 1BB 6K 100 pitches (60 for strikes)
- The Indians added a run in the top of the 8th as Francisco Lindor scored on a sac fly by Oscar Mercado
- The Indians added a run in the top of the 9th as Jose Ramirez scored on a ground out by Jordan Luplow
- A batter later, Allen singled home Jake Bauers
- Shane Bieber pitching line: CG 1H 0R 1BB 10 strikeouts 102 pitches (68 for strikes)
- Final score: Indians 4 Blue Jays 0
- In a word, wow. Marcus Stroman threw an absolute gem in what is all but certainly his last home start, and very likely last start in a Blue Jays uniform. Stroman threw seven dominant innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 run (on a bang-bang play that easily could have been an out) while walking one and striking out 6. Always the professional, Stroman was at his best pitching for a city he loves. Quite frankly, Blue Jays management should be offering Stroman a max contract to keep him in a Blue Jays uniform for a few more years. No doubt, the Blue Jays will be getting some very good prospects back when the Blue Jays ace is inevitably traded later this week.
- Before the game, I posted the box score from baseball-reference.com from Stroman's opening day start, commenting that I thought the game would go in a similar fashion. Oh, how I wish I was wrong. Stroman more than did his part giving up just a single run in the first 7 innings. However, Daniel Hudson (who allowed a pair of runs opening day) and Wilmer Font combined to give up three more runs in the final 2 innings. Stroman deserved better
- Offensively, the Blue Jays were even more pathetic than opening day, where they managed 2 hits and a walk. Today, like opening day, it took until the 7th inning to record their first hit. Unlike opening day, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drew a walk in the 2nd to break up the perfect game. Also, unlike opening day, the Blue Jays had multiple base runners on base in the 7th thanks to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. getting hit by a pitch. The Blue Jays were 0-2 with runners in scoring position
- Up next, after an off day the team better take full advantage of, the Blue Jays begin their longest stretch of the season between off-days, a mammoth 20 day stretch ending August 14th (the day after yours truly's 35th birthday. The stretch begins with a weekend set at home vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, who are battling for a wild card spot. They are a game back of the second wild card spot with Boston a game back of the Rays. The Yankees have a fairly solid hold on the AL East title with a 9.5 game cushion. Jacob Waguespack will get his 3rd spot start of the season against an opener for the Rays (likely Ryan Yarborough, Jalen Beeks or Hunter Woods).