After suffering three straight losses in extra innings, the Toronto Blue Jays were in desperate need of a win. Turns out a start by Marcus Stroman was exactly what the team needed to bounce back.
Stroman struggled in his two previous starts, one in which he didn't escape the first inning; but he put forth another strong performance and provided the Blue Jays with enough of a cushion to muscle out a 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.
Overall, the game had a mid-May vibe to it as the Blue Jays seemingly did everything right; they had great starting pitching, the bullpen held down the fort, and the Blue Jays received contributions from not only the starting lineup, but the bench as well.
More after the jump with a Vine and a couple of GIF's from Stroman's start.
Danny Valencia's first home run in a Blue Jays uniform ended up being the difference-maker, and while we haven't heard much from him in recent weeks, Valencia provided a ringing endorsement for the Blue Jays' promising young starter.
Stroman's fastball was in full force once again, and the movement down and in on his two-seamer was something spectacular.
That is some crazy movement on Marcus Stroman's fastball (hat tip @Sportsnet). http://t.co/Kot4thqJFD
— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) August 27, 2014
And although Marcus Stroman got the hook with two out in the top of the seventh inning, he gladly handed the ball to John Gibbons and even reciprocated the celebratory posterior slap by his manager.
"Good job, son". "Same to you, coach!" http://t.co/9EyvOxsBjI
— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) August 28, 2014
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