The first player born in 21st-century debuts
With every last action in every baseball game tracked for decades, it seems like there is always a moment during a game that is a first or makes history. Trent Thronton’s eight strikeouts make him the new Blue Jays strikeout record holder for their major league debut. While that obscure fact is an interesting one to Blue Jays fans, it is not something league-wide significance. On the other hand, it’s only one of two rare occurrences today. The second was the debut of 19-year old reliever Elvis Luciano, the first player born in the 21st-century.
While Detroit eventually defeated the Blue Jays 4-3 on a walk-off single in the 11th by Nicholas Castellanos, for the fourth day in a row, Toronto’s starting pitching has been stellar. Detroit can also thank Jeimer Candelario, who went 5 for 5 to keep them in the game. Over the first four games of the season, the starts have accounted for twenty-four innings pitched, with no earned runs and twenty-eight strikeouts. With what is shaping up to be a light-hitting lineup, the Blue Jays have Rowdy Tellez to thank for keeping them in the game on his three-run home run in the top of the either.