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Blue Jays: Mike Hauschild invades Seattle after whirlwind day

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 2: Reliever Mike Hauschild #44 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on August 2, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 2: Reliever Mike Hauschild #44 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on August 2, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /
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The newest member of the Toronto Blue Jays signed a contract 30 minutes before the start of the Jays contest in Seattle and then proceeded to earn his first MLB victory after pitching six scoreless innings of relief.

Much to everyone’s surprise and probably even his own Mike Hauschild appeared on the lineup card for last night’s games versus the Mariners. The 28-year old hurler was released by the Houston Astros on the weekend and had just finished the physical and signing of his contract with his new team before the start of the game.

Manager John Gibbons would then summons Hauschild from the bullpen to begin the second inning after starter Tyler Clippard had surrendered two runs in the first. Prior to last night, Hauschild had only made four appearances in the majors and they were not pretty surrendering five home runs in eight innings of work in 2017.

The skipper advised the media prior to the game that he didn’t want to put too much pressure on Hauschild starting him, seeing he had just signed minutes before the start of the game.

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Hauschild held the Mariners scoreless over six innings surrendering four hits while fanning five in his Blue Jays debut. The Jays won the contest 7-3 earning Hauschild his first MLB victory. The former 33rd round pick had been pitching with Triple-A Fresno leading up to his release.

In 19 starts this season with the Grizzlies, Hauschild went 7-6 with a 4.88 earned run average while striking out 93 in 97.2 innings on the bump. He owns a respectable 3.81 earned run average through his seven-year minor league career.

The Jays have started relievers John Axford and Tyler Clippard in the past week so Hauschild could slot into the rotation from here on out if he continues to pitch well.

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The hurler undoubtedly had a whirlwind day but it all seemed to work out for the Jays newest addition. Have yourself a day Mike Hauschild!

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