SEATTLE -- One week ago, Mike Hauschild was pitching for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. On Monday, the Astros released him.He signed a contract with the Blue Jays a half-hour prior to Thursday night's game against the Mariners at Safeco Field, and went on to fire six scoreless innings in relief
SEATTLE -- One week ago, Mike Hauschild was pitching for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. On Monday, the Astros released him.
He signed a contract with the Blue Jays a half-hour prior to Thursday night's game against the Mariners at Safeco Field, and went on to fire six scoreless innings in relief to pick up his first career win as Toronto shut down Seattle, 7-3.
"I mean it's pretty crazy," Haschild said. "It kind of feels like a dream, just based off my last week. A couple days ago I was waiting to figure out which team I was playing for and now I'm in the big leagues. Definitely a whirlwind of emotions I'm going through."
The Blue Jays signed Hauschild to help fill the void left by the J.A. Happ trade. He entered with the game tied at 2 in the second inning and fanned five with one walk, utilizing a slider that had more action than he had been accustomed to producing.
Manager John Gibbons said Hauschild pitched well enough to earn a start.
"He threw strikes," Gibbons said. "He threw everything at any time, which is key to pitching in the big leagues. He looked like he belonged. He looked confident. He looked comfortable out there."
The game-deciding RBIs were delivered in the seventh inning, when former Mariner Kendrys Morales barreled up a two-run homer off of Juan Nicasio.
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz did all of the heavy lifting for the Mariners, pulling a 446-foot two-run homer to left field off of Blue Jays starter Tyler Clippard in the first inning before launching a solo shot the other way in the eighth inning off of Joe Biagini.
Toronto poured on three insurance runs in the ninth inning, including two on an Aledmys Diaz pinch-hit home run.
Teoscar Hernandez busted out of a 2-for-29 slump with a 4-for-5 night that included three doubles. It was only the ninth three-double, four-hit night for any player in 2018.
"He looked energized tonight," Gibbons said. "He's a free-swinging kid. I think the more he learns the strike zone -- and I thought he had some pretty good discipline tonight -- that's key for him. If he does that, no telling how good a hitter he can become. It's good to see. That style of hitter, they go through those ups and downs."
HE SAID IT
"The thinking was if he went out there and got roughed up, he'd have to wear it a little bit because we wanted to rest some guys, and just the opposite, he dominated a good-hitting team." -- Gibbons, on what he expected from Hauschild
The Blue Jays will play the second game of their four-game set with the Mariners on Friday at 4:10 p.m. ET. Ryan Borucki (0-2, 2.83 ERA) will continue his quest for his first Major League win, facing Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (12-5, 3.37), who has picked up a win in each of his last five starts.
David Gottlieb is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. Follow him on Twitter @DGottliebMLB.