Mar 27, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA;Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchison (36) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
In his final outing before the regular season, Drew Hutchison gave fans exactly what they were looking for, one-hitting the Philadelphia Phillies through 5 1/3 innings and leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 3-0 Grapefruit League win.
The 23-year-old right-hander was fantastic on the day, allowing just a single to Jimmy Rollins to lead-off the fourth inning while spreading out 3 walks and 3 strike-outs on the afternoon. The performance caps off a tremendous spring that saw Hutchison instantly grab a spot in the Blue Jays rotation. He finished the spring with a 1-1 record, a 1.80 ERA, and a 19/4 K/BB ratio over 15 innings of work.
The Blue Jays scored their first run in the top of the 4th inning. Jose Bautista lead off the inning and then gave way to pinch runner Emilio Guerrero. Guerrero would steal second with Adam Lind at the plate and advanced to third base on a throwing error by Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz. Dioner Navarro would cash him in on the next pitch, hitting a sacrifice fly to center field off of A.J. Burnett.
Toronto would add a pair of insurance runs in the top of the 8th inning when Josh Thole lead off with a walk, Emilio Guerrero followed with a single, and both advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Jonathan Diaz. Gabe Jacobo would plate the pair with a 1-out single that would plate the final runs of the game.
However, this game was all about the pitching. In relief of Hutchison, the Blue Jays bullpen was lights out, as Brett Cecil, Casey Janssen, Marcus Walden, and Wil Browning combined to throw 3 2/3 innings of no-hit ball with 2 walks and 7 strike-outs.
Not to be outdone, Colby Rasmus worked his way into the highlight reel as well. In addition to a 1 for 4 day at the plate, Rasmus made a beautiful diving catch in the bottom of the 5th inning on a ball Ruiz hit into the right field gap. But you can see this for yourself.
The Blue Jays head north to Montreal, where they’ll play a two-game exhibition series with the New York Mets at Olympic Stadium. Mark Buehrle will take the hill for Toronto on Friday night, while Brandon Morrow will start game two on Saturday afternoon.