TORONTO – The regularity with which Alec Manoa starts quality makes it very easy to take what he does for granted. Really, it’s not that easy, especially for a sophomore shooter who leads high career turns every five days, however, the Toronto Blue Jays right-hand man never misses a role, fights his ass, and carries his team all the way.
The key to his great season is that even on the rare occasions he doesn’t push straight, he still finds a way to be really good, the way he did while making six daring one-ball innings in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Baltimore Orioles.
Only a rare Jordan Romano storm—he allowed his first four hitters to arrive, the latest of which was two-round singles Adlie Rochman and base RBI’s Jesús Aguilar hit on his fifth hit of the season—prevented Manoah’s effort from securing a three-game sweep.
A comeback attempt at the bottom of the ninth inning failed right in front of the Blue Jays (83-64), as George Springer missed a penalty in the game with an inch, and contented himself with a scoring double that made it one game. After walking Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Felix Bautista caused a steep Bo Bichette workout to end him.
It was only their fifth loss this month, an increase that ensures they head into next week ahead of the Seattle Mariners (80-64), who were the Los Angeles Angels, in first place and six clear games off the fourth-placed Orioles (76-69).
However, he pulled off a disappointing end to a weary family 5-3 that included a day and night double header on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Blue Jays looked set to be set after Guerrero Jr.’s single shot in the seventh inning opened the 3-1 lead to a Rogers center crowd of 41,301 spectators.
But the tally of busy stretching may have begun to show when Adam Semper allowed a single shot from Aguilar in the eighth before Romano, in the absence of his usual command plus passer, burned for three points. Without a fifth start, the Blue Jays have run three days in the past two weeks, no doubt a contributing factor.
Manoh only allowed four hits, but also walked four times, repeatedly dodging traffic to avoid major damage.
Some solid defense, first and foremost, Teoscar Hernandez jumping against the right field wall to steal Anthony Santander in the first, certainly helped. But he also managed to clear out the problems on two main points: urging Santander to appear and knocking down Gunnar Henderson with two-in-ones and one-in-ones, and a Robinson-Cherinos appearance and making Cedric Mullins fly after a Jorge Matteo double in the RBI. Runners left on the second and third on the fourth.
Those moments settled against a Blue Jays rally in third that was snuffed out after RBI’s Bichette song—when Matt Chapman reached 10th.The tenth Triple play in franchise history – and a single shot from Danny Jansen in the fourth inning put back a 2-1 advantage.
Manoah’s performance has been consistent throughout a season of wild swings for the Blue Jays, with Sunday’s outing marking the 23rd.research and development The quality of the beginning of the year. While the stats are by no means perfect, the fact that 23 of his 29 matches have met this benchmark is indicative of the 24-year-old’s persistence.
Keep in mind that across all of those starts, no more than four earned rounds were allowed, and this only happened four times. And he has only gone six times less than six rounds, and has never thrown less than five frames.
His reliability has helped underpin the success of those matches, as the Blue Jays have run out three games of the Bulls to cover a vacant fifth place in the rotation over the past two weeks.
Manoah was without Alejandro Kirk, who ran the bases on Saturday, but was given another day to recover from a tight hip. He threw to Janssen for the first time this season.