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Blue Jays muster just two hits as Giants sweep

Galvis' active streak ends at 349 games; Buchholz on Vlad Jr.
@gregorMLB
April 24, 2019

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays appear to have experienced a bit of a letdown after returning home from a successful road trip through Minnesota and Oakland. Right-hander Clay Buchholz surrendered four runs over five-plus innings in the Blue Jays’ 4-0 loss to the Giants on Wednesday afternoon. It marked Toronto’s

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays appear to have experienced a bit of a letdown after returning home from a successful road trip through Minnesota and Oakland.

Right-hander Clay Buchholz surrendered four runs over five-plus innings in the Blue Jays’ 4-0 loss to the Giants on Wednesday afternoon. It marked Toronto’s second consecutive loss after the club went 6-1 on its recent road trip and won back-to-back series for the first time this year.

Buchholz got through the first three innings unscathed, but San Francisco started to chip away at his outing in the fourth. The Giants scored one in the fourth, another in the fifth and two more in the sixth as Buchholz was pulled from the game. The 34-year-old veteran was charged with all four runs on six hits while striking out two and not walking a batter.

“I missed with a couple of pitches and they hit them,” Buchholz said after the game. “That’s what guys in the big leagues get paid to do. I knew what I wanted to do going into it, but if you miss a couple of inches onto the plate, that gives them the leverage to hit it and they didn’t miss whenever I missed over the plate. That’s part of it.”

The big blows vs. Buchholz all came on extra-base hits. Brandon Belt had an RBI double in the fourth, Pablo Sandoval hit his second homer in as many days during the fifth and Buster Posey and Evan Longoria each delivered RBI doubles in the sixth. Buchholz was pulled midway through that inning and it marked his second-longest appearance since joining the Blue Jays earlier this year.

Toronto wasn’t able to do much of anything off Giants lefty Drew Pomeranz, who tossed six scoreless innings in the victory. The Blue Jays didn’t have a hit until Teoscar Hernandez singled in the bottom of the fifth, and Toronto managed just two hits total off Pomeranz as he struck out five and walked two. The Blue Jays are now 6-3 over their last nine games, after going 2-9 over their previous 11.

The Blue Jays’ lack of offense has been an ongoing concern this year, particularly at home where the club entered play on Wednesday batting just .213, which ranked last in the American League. Toronto’s 3.91 runs per game at home also ranked second to last in the AL, which has offset the impressive 3.44 ERA by the pitching staff over the same period of time.

“He was mixing his pitches well, he was throwing strikes with all of his pitches and he kept us off balance all game,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said in reference to Pomeranz. “We couldn’t get anything going against him.”

Galvis’ active streak ends

Freddy Galvis’ streak of appearing in 349 consecutive games at the Major League level came to an end on Wednesday afternoon. Galvis’ Iron Man streak was the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and this marked the first time he did not appear in a game since Oct. 1, 2016, when he was still with the Phillies.

Galvis appeared in Tuesday’s series opener as a pinch-hitter but he has been held out of the starting lineup each of the last two days because of a sore left hamstring. Montoyo admitted that a stint on the 10-day injured list is a possibility, but the club likely won’t make a final decision until Friday afternoon.

“After the game I went and gave him a hug,” Montoyo said. “A great job, it’s tough to do. Not many people can do that, 300 and something games. I told him, ‘I’m proud of you and that’s awesome. I’m very lucky to have you as one of my players.’ I haven’t seen that in a long time. Somebody who wants to play every day and gives you all he’s got. … Now we have to see how he feels the next couple of days.”

Quotable

“Probably a little bit harder, because his dad swung at everything. I think he has a little bit better eye than his dad. I think he’s going to be just fine up here.” -- Buchholz when asked if the younger Guerrero was tougher to face than his father. The first hit Buchholz surrendered in his career was to Guerrero Jr.'s Hall of Fame father on Aug. 17, 2007. Toronto announced after the game that Guerrero will make his Major League debut on Friday vs. Oakland.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook.