Sean Reid-Foley couldn’t seem to get anything working for Triple-A Buffalo this season, but his results in the major leagues have been perfectly fine.
Reid-Foley picked up another strong outing on Friday night by limiting the Yankees to one run over five innings in the Blue Jays’ 8-2 victory at the Rogers Centre. The 23-year-old scattered five hits and two walks while striking out five for his second victory of the year.
In Buffalo, Reid-Foley posted a 6.26 ERA in 18 outings compared to a 2.36 ERA in seven appearances for the Jays. The native of Florida has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his appearances for Toronto this season, including each of his last three starts.
The outings aren’t perfect, but they’re still a step in the right direction for a pitcher who is still in the middle of his development. Reid-Foley has yet to toss more than five innings in a game this year, which can mostly be tied to erratic fastball command and high pitch counts.
Teoscar Hernandez went deep twice for the Jays in the sixth multi-homer game of his career, while Randal Grichuk and Danny Jansen also hit home runs as all eight of Toronto’s runs came via the long ball. The loss went to former Jays lefty J.A. Happ, who allowed six runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four.
- Bo watch: Jays shortstop Bo Bichette made a pair of nice plays in the field, but his hitting streak was snapped at 11 games. Bichette finished 0-for-3 with a walk as he came up short in his quest to become the first rookie in major league history with at least one extra-base hit in 10 consecutive games. Despite the hitless night, Bichette has 20 hits through 12 games, the most in franchise history to begin a career.
- Losing Lourdes: Infielder Lourdes Gurriel will be placed on the injured list prior to Saturday afternoon’s game vs. New York. Gurriel was removed from Thursday night’s game after he sustained a left leg injury while running to first base. Toronto initially announced that Gurriel was dealing with a minor cramp, but the following day his status was downgraded to a strained quad. Right-hander Brock Stewart is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take Gurriel’s spot on the roster.
- Shutdown mode: Blue Jays prospects Jordan Groshans and Julian Merryweather have both been ruled out for the remainder of 2019. Groshans had been out since May 13 because of a stress injury in his left foot. Scott Mitchell of TSN was the first to report that Groshans would miss the rest of the year. The 27-year-old Merryweather was shut down in his rehab from Tommy John surgery because of fatigue. He was recently re-evaluated and it was the recommendation of the doctor that he should be held out the rest of the year.
- Up next: Right-hander Jacob Waguespack (3-1, 4.00) will take the mound when the Jays continue their four-game series against the Yankees on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 3:07 p.m. New York had yet to announce a starter by late Friday.
Gregor Chisholm is a Toronto-based baseball columnist for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @GregorChisholm or reach him via email: email@example.com
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