TORONTO – Despite a difficult start to the season, Quebec player Abraham Toro still has the confidence of Scott Servier.
The Seattle Mariners coach had introduced a versatile and accomplished front-row batsman to the offensive role in the first game of his three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this week, though the 25-year-old baseball player was posting . Offensive averages .163/ .226/ .327 heading into the game, which the Jays won 6-2.
“He has good momentum these days. I know that’s not what his stats are saying, but he never seems crazy. The versatility he gives us through his ability to play second and third base makes him a good guy on his roster.
“With (Yossi) Kikuchi on the hill, who’s really a badass against lefties, […] So I thought it was a good idea to put Toro in front of the attacking role.
Toru didn’t have a great night at bat, however, going to zero in five matches. He could have turned the game around when he got to the plate with bases loaded and only one seventh in position with a 3-1 score for Jays, but he hit a weak shot to Teoscar Hernandez, just too close to allow the sailors to close the gap.
Jays came to close the books for the next half. After one song from Bo Bichette, a walk to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. And a poor pitch from Wyatt Mills, hitter Ace Alejandro Kirk led the runners home with a hard arrow that pierced the court.
Bichette had a fantastic night in attack, taking three hits, including his fourth home of the season, which opened the scoring late in the first, as well as producing his sixth inning. He was also very effective in defence, notably putting a stop to the Sailors’ threat in seventh, and negotiating an inappropriate roll over for Ty France with the official on his way to doing the relay.
“It was one of the most important matches in the game,” manager Charlie Montoyo said of the strike, with Jay leading by just two points. He didn’t panic.”
“I noticed the referee was there, but it was about the spin the ball was causing which worries me. It looked like it was veering sideways,” Shortstop explained.
Using one song in the fourth, Santiago Espinal expanded his streak by at least one stroke to 10.
On the hill, Kikuchi (2-1) was very effective, limiting the sailors to one stroke and three walks in six innings of the action. He hit six strokes and lowered his ERA by nearly a full run to 3.38.
Not only was he throwing catches, but all his throws were good: his speed, his slippery, his quick wound, said Montoyo. I’ve always said that as soon as he regains control of all his shots, he’ll be back. In his last three rounds, he had an affinity ERA of 1.50.
About three weeks ago, Kikuchi said through his excellent translator Kevin Ando: “About three weeks ago, Pete (Walker, my shooting instructor) had a good conversation and he suggested I use my speed more.” I wasn’t always completely confident in that shot, but we built little by little at every start and now I’m really confident in my speed.”
Eugenio Suarez added his seventh defeat this season, which went to Chris Flixen (1-6).
Acquired last year by the Houston Astros in exchange for bowlers Rafael Montero and Kendall Graveman (since moving to the Chicago White Sox), Toro had a thrilling end to the season in Seattle, maintaining averages of 0.252/.328/, 357 with 11 doubles, five runs on home, scoring 26 RBIs and 18 points in 60 games.
However, the Mariners caught second baseman Adam Frazier and third baseman Suarez, suggesting Toro might get a little more playing time.
“It was a good discussion. Scott told me I would play a lot.
Servais didn’t lie, Toro has been used in 33 of the Mariners’ 36 games, including Monday Night’s Duel: 12 times in the second sack, nine times in the third, 10 times in the set sack, and another in the first.
“I love Abraham Toro, he assured the manager. He does a lot of good things in the batting box. Indifference gives us great resilience.”
“It shows that I can be useful to the team in different roles,” Toro said. All good teams have this type of player in their squad. It’s a great honor for me.”
“It’s only hard if you want it to be hard,” Service said of using the variety Toro. But I think Ibrahim likes those kinds of challenges. […] They’re baseball players: they can’t tell themselves they’re going to succeed at just one position or one place in the offensive role. You’ll have a pretty short career if you think so. Abraham is ready to do whatever it takes to help this team and is confident no matter where or how he is hired.”
“Yes it is a challenge, but I am always ready,” Toru added. Every day I work at a new job. No matter where I play the role, I try to take the same approach.