Kevin Gausman pitched five scoreless innings, Devonte Brown smashed his first home run of the spring, and more as the Blue Jays beat the Tigers 5-0

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Ryley Delaney
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On Monday afternoon, the Blue Jays beat the Tigers for the third time this spring. The offence was quiet for the first seven innings, before quickly putting up five in the final two innings, beating Detroit 5-0.
Let’s look at the player of the game, as well as things worth mentioning from Monday’s game.

Blue Jays Nation’s player of the game: Kevin Gausman

This is one of the most obvious post-game awards to be given out. Gausman pitched five scoreless innings, recording six strikeouts, no walks, and allowing just three hits on 86 pitches. He looks like he’s already in mid-season form, which is fantastic news for the Blue Jays.
Gausman has pitched 13.2 innings this spring, allowing a single run that wasn’t earned. Moreover, he has the most strikeouts for the Jays with 18 and a 35.3 K% with a 5.9 BB%.
I’d expect a big season from Gausman in 2023.

Things worth mentioning:

Devonte Brown hit his first home run of the spring, 95.6 mph off the bat. Brown had a 171 wRC+ with the Blue Jays last season, the highest out of any player with 100 or more plate appearances. He also had a 43.1 hard hit percentage on his 72 balls in play with the Dunedin Blue Jays. Somehow, the 23-year-old when undrafted.
Trent Thornton’s mechanics look a lot cleaner so far into spring training. There appears to be less torque on his elbow, and it’s quicker to the plate. On Monday, he struck out two of the three batters he faced, one on a slider and the other on a curveball. It’s also worth mentioning that his curveball.
Wynton Bernard continues to do well in spring training. The right-handed batting outfielder had a 106.6 mph double, which brought in the eventual winning run. Moreover, he stole home to give the Jays a 2-0 lead. Bernard is slashing .226/.235/.323 in spring, and will likely start the 2023 season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.
Jay Jackson may not earn a bullpen spot out of camp, but he’s proving that he may deserve one of the first call-ups if there are injuries. On Monday, he struck out two and allowed a hit, but has yet to allow an earned run in his 9.1 innings pitched. His 13 strikeouts in spring are tied for the fourth most with Trevor Richards and are the most for a reliever.
The Blue Jays have an off-day on Tuesday but return to game action on Wednesday at 1:07 PM against the Baltimore Orioles. It will be on Sportsnet and MLB.tv.
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