Blue Jays shake off Snell's no-hit bid for victory

Ruben Hill
April 15, 2019

Deigo Castillo struck out the Jays catcher - after a borderline 3-1 pitch was called a strike - to end the inning.

The Cardinals, leading 1-0, let the Reds hang around, and they paid the price.

He managed all that while topping out with his four-seam fastball at 89.6 miles per hour.

"I've pitched here a lot, just on a different side of the field now", Buchholz said. "We've seen that over the previous year, so we're kind of used to that". "In Arizona, we had a little smoke machine and a disco ball but that probably outdoes it, I think". I had thrown it at 85-90 percent rather than 100-110. "For a player that has played as much as he has, as much success as he's had, now it's about getting built up and getting into really just regular-season form and being hopefully ready to make a debut at some point soon". It's the second time this season Tampa Bay has won five straight and improved to 11-3 on the season.

"To come out with a win against that lineup right now, it's a good day for sure", Buchholz said.

Stroman will be making his fourth start this season.

No one homered into the 500 level in Toronto last season. He's off to an incredible start at the plate, slashing.385/.467/.788 with six long balls, 16 RBI and two stolen bases.

Buchholz was able to do what many starters have not been able to do this season.

Those hopes were stoked when the 20-year-old, in his first game this year with the Bisons after recovering from a chest injury that occurred during spring training, went 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run home run Thursday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

No stranger to pitching at the Rogers Centre, Buchholz used that experience to his advantage on Saturday. "I've pitched here a lot". "The light fixtures are new", Buchholz said.

Get the party started: The Jays added strobe lighting and a fog machine to their post-win celebrations in the clubhouse. "Sliders, change-ups, in and out, he was very good with no room for error because [Rays starter] Blake Snell was very good". Borucki received a cortisone shot Friday.

Rays: RHP Charlie Morton (2-0, 2.25) is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three career starts against Toronto. Avisail Garcia is 5-for-9 against Stroman, who was pounded by the Rays for five runs on 11 hits over 6.2 innings in two appearances last season. The Rays had a season-high 16 hits.

Blue Jays right-hander Clay Buchholz went toe to toe with reigning American League Cy Young victor Blake Snell in his season debut on Saturday, and the Jays walked away with a 3-1 victory.

J.T. Realmuto of the Phillies hit into a double play with the bases loaded to end the first inning, but finished with two hits, two runs and an RBI. He has 33 strikeouts in those three starts, including nine on Saturday.

The Blue Jays got their best pitching performance in eight contests in their last time out and it gave them a chance to win a series for the first time this season on Sunday when Tampa Bay visits for the rubber match of a three-game set. Should he pitch like he did in Arizona last season, it is likely he will be moved at the deadline in favour of young prospects.

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