A number of former Toronto Blue Jays made their respective debuts with their new clubs on Saturday and one outing, in particular, went better than expected.
Aaron Sanchez made his Astros debut versus the Seattle Mariners last night and made quite the impression on his new mates. Sanchez threw six shutout innings combining on a no-hitter with Will Harris, Joe Biagini, and Chris Devenski.
Sanchez changed speeds keeping Mariners hitters off balance with his curveball while throwing 92 pitches in his debut. The former Blue Jay struck out six and walked two before turning the ball over to Harris to pitch the seventh.
The 27-year-old lowered his earned run average from 6.07 to 5.76 following the strong outing and made a strong case for himself to remain in the rotation with Houston for the time being. Sanchez recorded the win in the contest, his first since April 27th.
Biagini got the ball in the eighth inning keeping the no-hit bid alive tossing a scoreless inning fanning one batter and walking another in his debut. Biagini gave way to Devenski in the ninth to seal the deal and complete the No-Hitter.
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Marcus Stroman also made his debut on the bump for the New York Mets on Saturday although he was not as fortunate as Sanchez. Stroman lasted 4.2 innings surrendering 3 earned runs over seven hits while fanning three. The Mets would win the game, however, Stroman was not involved in the decision.
Stroman showed off his Gold Glove abilities making a barehanded web gem on a slow roller to get a force out at home plate.
Eric Sogard who had previously made his debut for the Rays had a career night with the stick for his new team. Sogard launched two homers and knocked in five runs pacing the offence as Tampa Bay toppled the Marlins 8-6.
Former Blue Jays were contributing all around the league last night as the youth movement is in full effect north of the border.