A lot of news throughout Toronto today was about Alek Manoah, whose 0.1-inning performance put some pressure on Kevin Gausman to go deep into the game tonight. Toronto used six relievers last night, but they only had to use two tonight because Gausman threw seven masterful innings. His dominance and three home runs from the offense powered Toronto to a 5-1 win, and an evened series.
Blue Jays Nation’s Player of the Game: Kevin Gausman
We’re starting to run out of words to describe some of the performances that Gausman has had this season. Tonight’s start had multiple storylines attached to it: the need for a long outing, a big game against a team they’re chasing in the standings, and Gausman’s last start against Houston was his worst of the season.
The 110-million dollar man delivered with seven dominant innings, allowing four hits, one run, zero walks, and thirteen strikeouts. That’s a tie for his career-high in strikeouts and it’s the sixth time he has had double-digit strikeouts in a start this year. The lone run he allowed on the night was from the first batter of the game, Mauricio Dubon. Dubon lined a solo home run to left field, but Gausman responded nicely by striking out the next …
Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation