TORONTO — Returning from a two-week absence due to a right hip strain, the starter ross undressing provided a near-perfect outing to stabilize the struggling Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon.
Stripling was perfect for six innings, but finished with one hit over 6 1/3 innings and seven strikeouts in a 6-1 win against the Baltimore Orioles.
While the 32-year-old Texan was in the Blue Jays clubhouse with ice on his right shoulder, George Springer he ignited a six-run seventh inning with a pinch-hit RBI single to end a three-game losing streak.
“It was exactly what our team needed and more,” Springer said of Stripling’s performance.
The Blue Jays (62-54) have just three wins in 11 starts. The Orioles (61-56) won 10 of 15 in August to get too close to Toronto in the battle for the third and final AL wild card. They left town 1 ½ games behind the Blue Jays.
“(Stripling) was a hit on the arm coming back from the disabled list,” Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said. “He was scarred. He’s been a stabilizing force.”
The Blue Jays have now won Stripling’s last four starts with three no-decisions.
He enjoyed a 67-pitch, five-inning rehab start for Triple-A Buffalo last Friday after last pitching July 30 against the Detroit Tigers.
His no-hit attempt was stopped when Cedric Mullins He started the seventh inning with a single to center field.
“After the fifth inning (the no-hitter) it was on my radar,” Stripling admitted.
he and the receiver danny jansen he decided in the dugout before the seventh inning to throw some curveballs to Mullins because they hadn’t used that pitch at the Orioles’ leadoff hitter.
“I flipped it over there and I knew it was going to be a strike, and I flipped it to center,” Stripling said.
On Stripling’s 72nd pitch, he retired the next batter, Antonio Santander, grounded out to first. This sent Schneider to the mound.
Jansen and shortstop Bo Bichette he came in first and congratulated his pitcher on his brilliant performance.
But Schneider asked Stripling if he wanted to face the Orioles. ryan mountain castle. Stripling, however, admitted that he was already “out.” As a result, he called it a day and departed to a standing ovation from 40,141 at the Rogers Centre.
Reliever Jimi Garcia (2-4) closed out the inning and finally got the win after Toronto’s offensive explosion in the seventh, sending 11 batters to the plate.
Teoscar Hernandez and Bichette started with singles to center field. Springer then batted for Raimel Tapia and delivered a third straight safety to center field to score Hernandez.
It was Springer’s 1,000th career hit and first successful pinch hit.
“I’ve pinch-hit before, but not very successfully,” Springer said. “I have a lot of respect for the guys who do it.”
Santiago Espinal, who had three hits Tuesday, doubled to right center to score two more runs.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. walked with the bases loaded, and Alejandro Kirk doubled into the left-center gap to score the fifth and sixth runs.
Joey Krehbiel (4-4) gave up the first two hits in the seventh for the loss, but Cionel Perez he gave up the single to Springer and the double to Espinal.
baltimore opener austin vote it was also solid. He allowed just two hits and one walk in six innings with three strikeouts.
Robinson Chirinos he hit in the Orioles’ only run in the eighth inning with an infield hit.
VETERAN TSUTSUGO SIGNS
The Blue Jays signed Yoshi Tsutsugo to a minor league contract. He was expected to play left field for Triple-A Buffalo.
Tsutsugo, 30, a left-handed outfielder/first baseman, was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates last week after hitting .171 with two home runs and 19 RBIs in 50 games this year.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
The Blue Jays went on the road for a seven-game season, beginning Thursday with a four-game series against the New York Yankees and ending with a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox.
law Jose Berrios (8-5) will start the opening game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. The Yankees have yet to name their pitcher, but it’s frankie you ride‘ (4-9) turn in the rotation. Kevin Gaussman (8-9) will pitch for Toronto on Friday. Schneider confirmed mitch white (1-3) would start on Saturday, with Yusei Kikuchi going to the bullpen.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 16, 2022.