Boston Bats Quiet Again in Shutout Loss

April 28

In the finale, Manoah starts for the Blue Jays against Whitlock. The Jays put trunners at first and second with one out in the bottom of the first and end up with runners on the corners with two out after a fly out before a strikeout ends the inning. Toronto puts two on with one out in the bottom of the second behind a single, a stolen base, and a walk. A failed double play puts runners at the corners with two out, but a pop out bails out Whitlock. The Jays put two on with one out after an odd situation in which plate umpire Larry Vanover loses track of the count! The umpires briefly get together and determine that the pitch is ball four. The catcher attempted to catch a runner stealing on what he thought was ball three, but this is actually ball four, which means that the runner advances to second anyway and does not get credit for a steal. Then Vanover misses an obvious strike. With two out, Kirk singles to left to score Gurriel, who was the result of a fielding error, and make it 1-0 Jays. A groundout ensures that the Sox only give up the one run. A runner is at second with one out in the top of the fifth after a stolen base, but the Sox strand him. Manoah cruises through the Boston lineup, for the most part. Hernández leads off the top of the seventh with a double to right, moving to third on a groundout but ultimately being stranded. The Sox put the tying run on in the ninth but are unable to bring him in as they lose, 1-0.