Even in the face of back-to-back losses to the last-place Chicago White Sox, Marcus Stroman brims with confidence.
“I’m sure we’ll rattle off 10 in a row here soon,” Stroman said after he gave up three solo homers in the Blue Jays’ 5-2 loss to the White Sox on Saturday afternoon.
“Nothing changes from the group, we realize we’re going to go through stretches like this and that’s why we stay confident day in and day out.”
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons agreed with his starting pitcher, saying he wasn’t worried about complacency in Toronto’s clubhouse after the team went 18-10 in May to recover from an 8-17 April. With the loss, Toronto fell to 6-8 in the month of June.
“They approach it good every day, and I know the mentality there,” said Gibbons. “The thing about baseball, it’s not a sport where you go out and overpower somebody. If they throw a good game against you, things are tough, that’s the way it is, if they’re swinging the bats.
“It’s not like a big physical sport where if you have the bigger, faster guys you’re going to dominate.”
Stroman (7-3) gave up six hits and three runs — all coming from the long ball — over seven innings with five strikeouts. Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup both worked an inning of relief and each allowed a run, although Tepera’s was unearned.
“I thought Stro was good, three solo home runs but he did his job,” said Gibbons. “We just couldn’t get enough offence going, obviously.”
Ryan Goins had an RBI double for the Blue Jays (32-35) and Dwight Smith Jr. added a run-scoring single.
Todd Frazier, Matt Davidson and Jose Abreu hit the solo home runs for the White Sox (31-36), who sit last in the American League Central. The Blue Jays started the day tied with the Baltimore Orioles for last place in the East.
Mike Pelfrey (3-5) struck out five and gave up one run over six innings for Chicago.