Anthony Kay keeps Rays at bay in sound major-league debut

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo took a long and meaningful stroll to the mound to relieve young hurler Anthony Kay on the night of his major-league debut, almost as if to allow Kay, 24, to be congratulated by his teammates on a job well done prior to being removed from the game.
Upon arriving at the mound, Montoyo, and catcher Reese McGuire, smiled enthusiastically at Kay, before sending him off to the visitor’s dugout at Tropicana Field, where he would receive an equally warm reception from his teammates and coaches.
Montoyo’s reaction and those of his teammates were incredibly justified, seeing as Kay, a southpaw with a classic makeup, stifled one of the American League’s most potent offences, even it was in a rather unassuming and discrete manner. Though Kay would end up with the no-decision in the team’s eventual 5-3 loss Saturday, he was solid in his first outing.
In 5.2 innings, he allowed just two earned runs on four hits, striking out seven and walking three. He threw 53 of his 92 pitches for strikes and allowed Rays batters to hit only three pitches for exit velocities of over 90.0 MPH, according to Statcast.
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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

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