Former Duke baseball standout Marcus Stroman and two Toronto relievers combined on a one-hitter as the Blue Jays topped the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, 8-0.
Stroman’s no-hit bid ended when Shane Victorino blooped a single to center to lead off the seventh. One out later, Victorino was erased on Mike Napoli’s double-play grounder.
Stroman (6-2) only allowed two other baserunners on walks and matched a season-high by striking out seven in seven innings. The rookie right-hander is 5-1 with an 1.54 ERA in seven home starts.
“He’s pitching like a veteran who’s been around a long time and he’s been very successful,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “He shuts down good-hitting teams, he’s a great competitor.”
In 10 starts, Stroman is 6-2 with a 2.21 ERA and he leads Toronto starters in almost every meaningful statistic, including strikeout and walk rate. The rookie has lived up to the massive hype that has surrounded him since the Blue Jays made him a first-round Draft pick in 2012.
"It has definitely been a ride so far," Stroman said about the success he has had in the big leagues. "I'm not surprised, it's kind of all the hard work that goes into it and going out and having a game plan."