May 16: Blue Jays (22-21) 2, Rangers (20-22) 0
Toronto’s Drew Hutchinson and Texas’ Yu Darvish battled it out until Darvish finally waivered in the eighth as the Blue Jays squeaked out a 2-0 victory on a Melky Cabrera two-run double in the eighth. Hutchinson went the distance, allowing just three hits and fanning six.
Both pitchers were dealing from the very start of the game. Neither offense could muster up any kind of rhythm as a runner didn’t reach second base until two batters into the eighth frame.
Hutchinson gave up just singles in the first, third and ninth, and was never truly in danger of giving up any runs in the contest throughout. Meanwhile, Darvish didn’t even allow a hit until the first batter of the fifth inning. He surrendered a pair of singles to Adam Lind to lead off the fifth and then again in the seventh before the all-deciding eighth frame earned Darvish the eventual loss.
In the eighth, Erik Kratz reached base on a bunt single on the first offering he received from Darvish. Anthony Gose followed with a bunt single of his own to really put the Blue Jays in business. Following a coaching visit and Jose Reyes lineout for the first out of the inning, Cabrera sent a 1-1 pitch into right field to put the Jays up 2-0.
Without any kind of offensive support, Darvish was put in an unfortunate spot as he struck out 11 batters and only the two runs off of Cabrera’s bat in his second loss of the year.
On the other side, Hutchinson never left the mound and closed the door on the Rangers in 105 pitches. He walked just batter and looked dominant throughout.
The Rangers did have the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth after rookie Rougned Odor singled to open the final frame. Hutchinson scrambled his way out of trouble though with a line out from Shin-Soo Choo, a fly out from Elvis Andrus and a pop out from Adrian Beltre to end things.
Important things to note: The shutout by Hutchinson marked his first career shutout … The win was also Hutchinson’s first victory since the opening week of the season.