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Jays' young pitchers aim for another win against Mariners
If there's anyone else on the Toronto Blue Jays' pitching staff who is still seeking his first major league victory, manager John Gibbons might want to send them out to the mound Saturday night.
That formula has worked for the Blue Jays in the first two games of their four-game weekend series against the host Seattle Mariners.
On Thursday, Mike Hauschild signed a contract shortly before the game started and pitched six scoreless innings of relief as the Blue Jays won 7-3. That's the same Hauschild who had an 11.25 ERA in four appearances for the Texas Rangers last season and who was released from Triple-A Fresno by the Houston Astros.
On Friday, it was rookie left-hander Ryan Borucki, who allowed one unearned run in eight innings for his first win in his seventh start of a 7-2 decision.
"He did what he's been doing all year. He doesn't give in a lot of times," Gibbons said. "He's got a few popups, a few fly balls. He's just a pitcher. He moves the ball around. He's gone up against some good teams. He's facing the good ones and he's been shutting them down. It's always tough to get that first win."
Combined, Hauschild and Borucki allowed one unearned run and eight hits in 14 innings with one walk and seven strikeouts.
"You never know until you see a guy live," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "We just didn't do enough offensively, obviously."
That has been a common theme lately for the Mariners, who averaged a major-league worst 3.3 runs per game in July in going 10-13. Now they're 0-3 in August and dropped out of American League playoff position Thursday for the first time since May 17.
"It's the same old tune here offensively," Servais said. "It'll turn. Everybody's grinding. ... Every team I have been on has gone through (slumps). You hope the dry spell is a short one."
Right-hander Marco Estrada (4-8, 4.90 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Blue Jays on Saturday against Mariners left-hander James Paxton (9-4, 3.49 ERA).
Estrada is 2-3 with a 3.90 ERA in five career starts against the Mariners. Paxton is 3-2 with a 4.71 in five starts against the Blue Jays, including a no-hitter May 8 in Toronto.
The Blue Jays got a boost Friday with the return of center fielder Kevin Pillar, known as Superman for the way he flies through the air on defense.
Pillar, who last played July 14, was supposed to miss four to six weeks with a SC joint sprain in his neck.
"I don't know what to say, my body just had a plan of its own," Pillar told MLB.com. "I don't know how or why. Maybe I got good genetics, maybe I got good parents, maybe I really am Superman."
Pillar looked good taking batting practice the past few days and Gibbons said it didn't make much sense to send him cross-country for a rehabilitation assignment.
"It's not ideal, but we could use him," Gibbons said. "Get the right-handed bat in there. Plus, he's a great defender and we've had some issues in the outfield. It makes us that much stronger to get him back in there."
Updated August 4, 2018