W: C. Anderson 1-0
L: M. Stroman 1-1
S: N. Feliz 0-1
L, 1-1 | 9.0 IP | 2 (2) | 7 H | 1 BB | 4 K |
100 PC, B: 32, S: 68 | 1.76 ERA
It looked like it would be a long night for Marcus Stroman when the Brewers took an early lead on back-to-back doubles by Santana and Broxton in the 2nd inning. However, it turned out to be a complete game gem from Stroman. After a leadoff single in the 3rd by Jonathan Villar and a wild pitch advanced him to second, Stroman started to figure things out. He escaped the jam and cruised through the next two innings. Villar, on the other hand, had Stroman figured out on the night. He hit a solo-shot to right-centre field in the 6th inning which gave Milwaukee a 2-0 lead and they never looked back.
Stroman was in control for much of the game, inducing a very impressive 15 ground-ball outs and throwing 68% of his pitches for strikes. On most nights, he would be celebrating one of his better wins in recent memory. Instead, his offense failed to have his back and he took a complete game loss. Marcus was more efficient than usual, needing only 100 pitches to get through the nine full innings. That makes two solid starts from the young starter to begin the season, let’s hope he can keep it up and get some run support next time.
Starter Chase Anderson for Milwaukee completely stymied the Blue Jays hitters in the early innings. His curveball had great movement, his changeup was effective and there was no pattern in his pitches for batters to pick up on. You know it was a bad night at the plate for Toronto when I’m writing more about the opposing starter than the hitters.
It wasn’t until the top of the 4th with one out that the Blue Jays got their first hit. Jose Bautista singled and the Blue Jays eventually got the bases loaded but Russell Martin was called out on strikes to leave them stranded. Toronto only managed to scatter four hits throughout the entire game, which is not going to win you many. The biggest problem has been their inability to string hits together. They don’t seem interested in trying to manufacture any runs which is what most other teams do when they are not hitting well. They need to figure something out, and soon.
1-4 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .138, OBP: .278, Slug: .172
Hopefully getting a hit will get him going in the next game. Made a very impressive catch to save a run in the 2nd inning.
1-3 | 0 BB | 0 R | 1 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 2 K | 0 SB | AVG: .048, OBP: .259, Slug: .095
He finally broke out of his slump after going 0-20 to start the season. His frustration almost boiled over early in the game after a high-and-inside pitch from Anderson put him on the deck. Then, he almost lost it again in the 4th when he was called out on strikes on a ball that was well off the plate.
1-3 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .241, OBP: .267, Slug: .241
Made a very Pillar-esque catch late in the game that got the crowd cheering.