TORONTO – Alec Manoah had the best outing of his season on Saturday afternoon, allowing only one run over eight runs. But the Toronto Blue Jays bowler wanted more, and thought he deserved a shot at a full game because he only threw 83 shots.
Charlie Montoyo, director of the Blue Jays, disagreed.
The two had a moving conversation in a Toronto bunker as Jordan Romano walked closer to the playing field, as shooting coach Pete Walker tried to smooth things over between Manoah and Montoyo.
Romano, of nearby Markham, Ont. , had three quick hits to save his 14 and the Blue Jays took a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds. After the match, Manouh said there were no hurt feelings.
“I think (Montoyo) understands how competitive I am,” said Manoah (5-1), who missed seven hits and scored four goals. “As a competitor, I’m just doing my job. It’s not every day you have to go do something like this.
“But we’ve become the best in baseball. He does his job and protects me and we’ll keep moving forward.”
Montoyo loved seeing Manoah’s passion—even if it was directed at him.
He said, “I love the baby.” “He could be on the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, at any time, he doesn’t want to go out and that’s why he’s so good.”
Montoyo said the presence of Romano, who tied with Milwaukee near Josh Hader in the second-most saves in Major League Baseball behind San Diego Taylor Rogers (15), made his decision easy.
“I got close to being the best player in baseball,” Montoyo said.
Defender George Springer also spoke to Manoah after the heated discussion, a gesture that Montoyo appreciates.
“We all get along, all of these kids get along together, and that’s what I love about our team,” said Montoyo. “We’re a tight club and it’s nice for the guys to talk to each other anytime, any time.”
Bo Bichette hit two home runs, including a two-round go-ahead shot, to lead Toronto’s attack (22-18). They were the 50th and 51st guys from the 24-year-old Shortstop’s career.
“I never knew 50 was such a milestone, so I’m thankful,” Bechett laughed. “I am grateful to be able to be here and have the opportunity to win the major tournaments.”
Santiago Espinal, the second starting player for the Blue Jays, cemented his best streak of his career to 14 games, as he tied for the longest active streak in MLB.
Joey Foto, who grew up in Toronto, opened the scoring with an RBI double for Cincinnati (11-28). Hunter Greene got nowhere, despite writing off six of them and allowing one on four strokes to run over six innings. Luis Sessa and Jeff Hoffman were relieved, with Sessa losing (2-1).
Manoah played a sharp defense in the fourth game when left Reds’ Tommy Pham received a broken striker who went straight to the powerful bowler. Manoah then threw the ball across to third baseman Matt Chapman to force T. J. Friedel into an easy double play.
Votto, in the next round at bat, doubled his first base line to lead Tyler Naquin to lead 1-0.
Bichette led from the bottom of the inning with 392 feet home, his fifth of the season.
Espinal kept his hit streak alive with one song in the sixth inning. He played 14 consecutive hitting streak games with Chicago White Sox player Louis Robert in his third longest streak in 2022.
Paul Goldschmidt, the St. Louis Cardinals’ first-team player, also extended his winning streak to 14 games on Saturday.
Singles Rimmel Tapia in the seventh inning and advanced to third in beating George Springer to the center of the field. Springer tried to extend her into a weakness but she was called out on second base. 39,393 fans at the Rogers Center loudly booed the ensuing video review, but the call in the field stalled.
This brought Bichette to the plate, wasting no time in setting up the first pitch he saw from Cessa in the second set to give Blue Jays a 3-1 lead.
Toronto struggled with the long ball in May, as the Bichette house had only scored 10th and 11th by the Blue Jays in the past three weeks.
“It’s just a goal every day: to get out here and try to win,” Beckett said of driving in all three Toronto runs.
Romano beat Pham Foto and Tyler Stevenson in the ninth game 1-2-3.
Next – Yusei Kikuchi (2-1) will take the hill as the Blue Jays close their chain with the Reds. Kikuchi is coming off one of his best rounds this season, when he only allowed one stroke over six rounds with six strokes. Graham Ashcraft will make his MLB debut with Cincinnati. Conor Overton (1-0) was scratched from his scheduled start due to a backache.