Drew Hutchison Throws 4 in Blue Jays Spring Win

Blue Jays Drew Hutchison throws 4 inning but leaves game after being hit in head by A.J. Jimenez throw

 

The Toronto Blue Jays improved to 16-5 on the spring, thanks to some strong pitching by Drew Hutchison and timely hitting by Tony Sanchez, Jio Mier, and Roemon Fields.

Drew Hutchison threw 4.0 innings allowing one hit, one run, 3 walks and 2 strike outs. Drew finished the day with 4 ground outs and 4 fly ball outs before leaving the game in the 5th after being hit in the head as A.J. Jimenez attempted to throw out Brad Miller.

 

Nothing to worry about, Drew will be fine, but he is still Buffalo bound.

The relief core of Steve Delabar, Pat Venditte, Dusty Isaacs, Tim Mayza, Jose Fernandez each threw one inning. Delabar, Isaacs, Mayza, and Fernandez each threw scoreless innings with Venditte allowing 2 runs.

The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the Top of the 3rd when Justin Smoak singled home Kevin Pillar with a line drive to CF. Ryan Goins put the Blue Jays up 2-0, scoring Kevin Pillar in the 6th. Tampa Bay got on the board with a sac fly in the bottom of the 5th and jumped out in from in the bottom of the 6th when Casey Gillaspie scored on Corey Dickerson‘s sac fly.

Toronto tied it up in the 7th when Andy Burns drew a bases loaded walk to score A.J. Jimenez.

The Blue Jays jumped ahead for good in the 8th when Tony Sanchez scored Alexi Casilla and  Joi Mier and Roemon Fields collected two-two out RBI’s. Toronto would add another in the 9th

 

PLAY OF THE GAME:

Wanted to give this award to Jimenez for throwing at Hutch, but thought that would be done in poor taste. Instead, Jason Leblebijian earns the award for the following play:

GAME BALL:

The game ball will need to split between Tony Sanchez and Alexi Casilla each went 2-for-2 with a run. Sanchez collected an RBI and Casilla also registered a stolen base.

TURNING POINT:

In the 8th inning Alexi Casilla opened the inning with a single, stole 2nd, and scored on a  Sanchez single. This put the Blue Jays up 4-3 and they never looked back.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Not much to take away from this game as Toronto fielded 3 regulars (Kevin Pillar, Ryan Goins, and Michael Saunders), a bench guy (Justin Smoak), and a handful of Triple-A/Double-A pitchers.

Up next: Toronto’s Marcus Stroman will face-off against Philadelphia Phillies Vincent Velasquez.

 

 

*Featured Image Credit:Ryan Andrews

 

 

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Ryan Mueller

Lover of all things Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays MiLB fanatic. I strive for average while stumbling onto above average. Rogers isn’t cheap. Baseball is a business. Your right, but I’m more right.