Former Met Steven Matz spins another gem to move to 3-0

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Steven Matz held the Kansas City Royals without a hit in the sixth inning, and Jonathan Davis and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homed to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-1 victory in the first match of seven innings of their double. Saturday.

Matz (3-0) only allowed a pair of steps before Nicky Lopez’s blooper left with a sixth strikeout. Matz gave up Andrew Benintendi’s two-out double later in the set for the only other flaw in an otherwise dominant performance.

The Blue Jays had to settle for an overnight split as the Royals followed the departure of veteran Ervin Santana with four relief pitchers before the two-out Salvador Perez homer gave them a 3-2 victory.

As for left-hander Matz, he struck out five balls around those two steps and two hits while still allowing Kansas City to hit just five balls off the field before giving way to Rafael Dolis for the seventh inning.

“It’s fun to get up to speed early in the season, especially when you have a lineup like this,” said Matz, who has suffered injuries throughout his six seasons with the Mets. ” Its been good. I just try to build with each start, take a little from each start and improve a little each time. This is the goal for the future. “

Steven Matz
Steven Matz
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Aside from a precarious first, Mike Minor of the Royals tied Matz’s field for the field most of the time.

Minor (1-1) put out his first two hitters before Guerrero and Randal Grichuk hit back-to-back singles and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drilled a two-run brace off the wall. That was all points until Davis hit his first homer of the year off the left field foul post leading to fifth and Guerrero scored his second homer of the series leading to sixth.

“Some good defensive play behind me,” Minor said. “I felt like the strike zone was a bit tight, so a lot of fields I was throwing, I wasn’t ahead. I was behind the guys. And then I gave up the circuits.

Even if Matz hadn’t allowed a hit the entire game, his excellent start wouldn’t have been an official goalscorer, as teams or pitchers need to play at least nine innings to qualify. The decision to shorten doubles matches to seven innings apiece for the 2021 season means Matz and the Blue Jays would have needed at least two more innings to make that count.

The only scorer in Blue Jays history was Dave Stieb’s 3-0 victory over the Indians on September 2, 1990.

“We got off to a good start today. Matz threw the ball well, ”Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “He had a good late move – you could tell the guys didn’t see the late move. Really bare, using the back door.

The Blue Jays were certainly happy to have Matz’s masterful performance after Friday’s rain. Their starting rotation was torn apart by injuries just three weeks into the season, including in a 7-5 loss to Kansas City on Thursday night.

In the last drink, the Blue Jays sent Tommy Milone to the mound against the Royals’ Ervin Santana.

The well-traveled Santana hadn’t taken a league mound since April 24, 2019 with the White Sox. Santana spent the 2013 season with the Royals and started for them for the first time in 2,761 days.

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