The Toronto Blue Jays trotted talented young starter, Aaron Sanchez out to the mound on Tuesday to face off against the Diamondbacks, even allowing the young right-hander to face Jake Lamb in a crucial mid-game situation. All things worked out right for Toronto though as they crusaded to a 5-1 victory, Sanchez going seven strong innings, striking out five and walking none, while only allowing a manufactured first-inning run.
Jake Lamb is in the midst of a true breakout season, leading the National League in both slugging percentage and OPS.
Chris Owings had a strong game in Reno on Tuesday and David Peralta is set to play a rehab game tonight. Both players are expected to rejoin the team at the beginning of the upcoming road trip.
Throwing on flat ground prior to Tuesday’s game, the Diamondbacks’ ace was still experiencing back tightness, making his return for the Brewers series unlikely.
Shelby Miller started out strong in his first game for Reno since his demotion. Things fell apart for him in the sixth inning though, as he gave up a few hits and then a home run. Working from the stretch seemed to give Miller plenty of trouble. So, despite his strong numbers and apparent dominance early, he clearly still has more to work on.
Ichiro had a pinch-hit appearance last night and went 0-for-1, dropping his season average to .343. Ichiro remains six hits shy of 3,000 MLB hits.