Detroit Tigers Overmatched By Blue Jays’ Power
In what is becoming an all too regular trend, the Detroit Tigers were overmatched Friday night. This time, defeat came at the hands of the power-hitting Toronto Blue Jays who were able to tally five runs off their former teammate, Matt Boyd.
Boyd, who was acquired in the trade for David Price, lasted six innings but only struck out four, and allowed three home-runs. Ever since a dominant debut against Kansas City, the rookie has struggled and he now has a 7.12 ERA and a 1-5 record to show for it.
One former Blue Jay who did get a little piece of revenge Friday night, was Anthony Gose. Gose, who was acquired for Devon Travis, hit a two-run shot against R.A. Dickey, to trim the deficit in the seventh. The blast Gose sent over the right-field wall was his fourth of the year.
But Toronto’s vaunted offense built a lead that proved to be insurmountable. After an Edwin Encarnacion double in the bottom of the first, the real damage came in the bottom of the third. Back to back home-runs from Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson made the score 3-1, and the Blue Jays would not look back.
In fact, they would tack on a few more runs. Most notably, on Jose Bautista’s 31st home-run of the year.
The Tigers will try to bounce back on Saturday when they play Toronto in the second game of a three game series. Detroit will trot out Buck Farmer who pitched extremely well in his last outing before a 10 run inning quickly spelled doom. Farmer is 0-2 on the season with a 7.80 ERA.
The young right-hander will face off against Drew Hutchison who has benefitted from solid run support all year. Remarkably, he is 12-2, despite a 5.06 ERA. The game will take place at 1:07 ET and will broadcast on Fox-Sports Detroit, MLB Network, and 97.1 The Ticket.