The harmonica-playing, goggle-wearing, leg-kicking pitcher was able to have another clean game for the Blue Jays on Friday night, but it was the same story early on this season. The offence was dry and not at all consistent through the nine innings, leading to Toronto losing this one 3-2.
The game was all tied up once Thornton and Cleveland starter Shane Bieber were relieved, but the baseball team from Ohio was able to win it in the bottom of the ninth via a Carlos Santana walk-off.
- Trent Thornton had a stellar second big league game. Going 5.2 innings and only earning two runs, all the while striking out seven and walking only two. He had three hits against him in a total of 92 pitches thrown.
- Cleveland hit a walk-off home run, a stylish fly ball to center field from Carlos Santana. Dare I say, it was Smooth (ft. Rob Thomas).
- Freddy Galvis continues his hot start to the season, hitting a two-run home run to right field. A fly ball that just reached the distance to take it over the fence and score some much-needed runs for this team.
- Another early-season surprise has been Richard Urena’s season so far. He was able to hit a double against reliever Oliver Perez at the top of the eighth, bringing up his totally reasonable and completely sustainable batting average to .467. His bat in addition to his completely average glove — in the best possible way — could be one of the sudden risers within the Jays’ infield depth chart. Or this means he can just bring back some younger prospect before the deadline for some reason.
- The two early additions of Alen Hanson and Socrates Brito have been interesting. Brito had one astonishing catch early in the game but followed that up by being extremely out of position and allowing a score to run because of his timing. Hanson has been mediocre and just…there. Long-term, these two don’t mean a whole lot and can eventually reach the level of making jokes with your friends at a bar and yelling out “Blue Jays Legend Socrates Brito” in the most sarcastic tone, whenever his name is (rarely) mentioned.