Bo Bichette homered twice, Alek Manoah was sensational on the mound, and the Blue Jays defeated the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 on Saturday afternoon, much to the delight of fans gathered in Toronto.
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After a solo slap in the fourth inning, Bichette lifted the Rogers Center crowd with a two-run homer in the seventh.
In a young pitching duel between Manoah and Hunter Greene, the Jays gunner came out on top. The 24-year-old Manoah gave up just one run in eight innings of work, while reliever Jordan Romano, with three strikeouts in the ninth, closed the books. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo had a hard time getting his starter out of the game, as he wanted to pitch all nine innings.
“I think that [Montoyo] knows how competitive I am, Manoah admitted in conference after the game. As a proud competitor, I’m just doing my job. It’s not every day you get the chance to do this. But we have the best specialist for Major League Baseball saves. He does his job well and protects me at the same time.”
Manoah’s performance against the Reds adds to an already stunning start to the season. In eight starts, the Floridian is now 5-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 50 innings on the mound. Romano, for his part, scored his 14e rescue of the season.
In the case of Greene, 22, he wasn’t involved in the decision after allowing one run and just four hits in six innings. The defeat went to the record of Luis Cessa (2-1), victim of the second circuit of Bichette.
The Jays shortstop has six long runs since the start of the season. He took the opportunity to reach and then cross the milestone of 50 career home runs.
“I didn’t know 50 was a big mark, but I’m happy about it,” said Bichette. I’m just grateful to be here and to be able to hit major league baseball.”
The Yankees also win
With this win, the Toronto team now has a record of 22-18. The Blue Jays couldn’t come close to the American League East lead, however, as the New York Yankees (29-10) defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-5 earlier in the day. Saturday.
DJ LeMahieu then stood out for the Yankees by hitting a grand slam in the second inning.