jays score touchdown on Red Sox as Gausman delivers gem in series opener.

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Final Score: 7-2

TORONTO–Kevin Gausman in his last five starts has allowed 16 runs through 18.0 IP - a vast cold front relative to the Cy Young Caliber start he had to his tenure here in Toronto. 


On Monday night, it was a return to form for the splitter throwing vet who delivered a gem with seven scoreless innings against a Boston Red Sox team that had recently leapfrogged the Jays in the AL East standings. Gausman beautifully used a combination of his usual fastball and splitter, but went to the slider more often than usual, as he helped the Jays to the 7-2 victory.


It was a quality start that both Gausman, and the rapidly deteriorating Blue Jays rotation were in need of. 


“My slider has been a huge pitch for me, especially when guys are laying off the split,” said Gausman. “A lot of righties in the last two lineups I've faced so, a little bit more sliders than normal and got some big outs on them. That's a pitch that has gotten better as the season has gone on. Honestly, right now, I feel confident throwing it to anybody in any situation. Certain guys I know I need to be a little bit more fine when I throw it. But I'm super confident in that pitch right now.”


Confidence is exactly the way Gausman looked after his outing on Monday evening as he walked off the field to a standing ovation from a decent-sized crowd at Rogers Centre.


Gausman wasn’t the only one working though as the offence exploded against rookie starter Connor Seabold putting up all seven of their runs on the righty. Seabold looked strong in the early goings finishing the night with seven strikeouts, but struggled in the third and fifth innings with long balls from George Springer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Matt Chapman to fuel the fire. 


Phelps came in for the eight doing the job perfectly to retire the Red Sox in order with Shaun Anderson getting closing duties in the ninth. Anderson wavered a bit giving up a pair of runs on a quartet of hits, but was able to hunker down and secure the W. 


They’ll go again on Tuesday night as the Jays will send Ross Stripling to the bump against Michael Wacha for the Sox.