DREW POMER­ANZ SHUTS DOWN BLUE JAYS FOR FIRST WIN WITH THE GI­ANTS

The Tribune (SLO) - - Insight - BY IAN HAR­RI­SON

TORONTO

Drew Pomer­anz doesn’t have to wait any longer for his first win with the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants.

Pomer­anz and two re­liev­ers com­bined on a two-hit­ter, Pablo San­doval home­red for the sec­ond straight game, and the Gi­ants beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 Wed­nes­day, sweep­ing their two-game in­ter­league se­ries.

Pomer­anz (1-2) al­lowed two hits, both sin­gles, in a sea­son­high six in­nings. It was his first score­less start since Sept. 9, 2017, at Bal­ti­more.

“What a great job, pitch­ing so ef­fi­ciently,” man­ager Bruce Bochy said. “He was pound­ing the strike zone so well.”

Buster Posey, Bran­don Belt and Evan Lon­go­ria all hit RBI dou­bles for the Gi­ants, who went 4-4 on a three-city road swing de­spite a sea­son-worst four-game los­ing streak in the mid­dle of the trip.

“It’s good to come up here and win a cou­ple,” Bochy said. “It made for a de­cent road trip. You lose the first two se­ries and come out at .500, you take it.”

The Blue Jays were shut out for the first time since open­ing day, when they lost 2-0 to Detroit in 10 in­nings Toronto has lost back-to-back home games after win­ning six of seven on a road trip to Min­nesota and Oak­land.

Pomer­anz walked two and struck out five to win for the first time since last Aug. 10 with Bos­ton.

“Drew was deal­ing, man,” San­doval said. “I haven’t seen the guy throw the ball that well.”

The Gi­ants had won two of Pomer­anz’s first four starts, but he hadn’t earned a W un­til Wed­nes­day.

“It’s nice to get that one out of the way,” he said.

Pomer­anz re­tired the first 13 bat­ters in or­der be­fore walk­ing Rowdy Tellez in the fifth. Teoscar Her­nan­dez fol­lowed with a sin­gle, but was thrown out try­ing to stretch his hit into a dou­ble. Danny Jansen struck out to end the threat.

Eric Sog­ard’s lead­off sin­gle in the sixth was Toronto’s only other hit.

Reyes Moronto worked one in­ning and Trevor Gott finished.

San­doval led off the fifth with a sec­ond-deck drive to right off Blue Jays right-han­der Clay Buch­holz. He hit a solo home run in the eighth in­ning Tues­day.

Sanoval’s shot Wed­nes­day left his bat at 112.5 miles per hour, mak­ing it San Fran­cis­cio’s hard­esthit ball of the sea­son.

“The ball jumps off his bat,” an ap­pre­cia­tive Bochy said. “He’s the one guy that’s find­ing the bar­rel con­sis­tently.”

San­doval had not home­red in con­sec­u­tive games since do­ing it for Bos­ton on May 10-11, 2015, against Toronto and Oak­land.

“He’s pretty locked in right now,” Pomer­anz said.

Buch­holz (0-1) al­lowed four runs and six hits in five-plus in­nings. He walked none and struck out two.

“You miss a cou­ple inches on the plate and that gives them the lever­age to hit it,” Buch­holz said. “And they didn’t miss.”

For the sec­ond straight game, Toronto fans cheered Gi­ants out­fielder Kevin Pil­lar each time he bat­ted. Toronto traded Pil­lar to San Fran­cisco on April 2.

NATHAN DENETTE AP

San Fran­cisco Gi­ants start­ing pitcher Drew Pomer­anz works against the Toronto Blue Jays Wed­nes­day dur­ing first in­ning of baseball ac­tion in Toronto.

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