Southpaw allows one earned run in five innings; Young hits second spring homer
By Gregor Chisholm and Brittany Ghiroli
SARASOTA, Fla. -- A pair of homers paved the way for Toronto on Wednesday, with Steve Tolleson and Kevin Pillar each going deep in the Blue Jays' 5-2 win over the Orioles.
After an early unearned run, Tolleson homered in the third off O's starter Wei-Yin Chen to push the Jays' lead to 2-0. Pillar went deep off Orioles righty Ryan Webb in the sixth, connecting for a two-run shot, and Toronto extended its lead with a sacrifice fly by Ezequiel Carrera in the eighth.
Tolleson makes his case: Tolleson has been somewhat of an afterthought in the discussion at second base, but he let his bat do the talking vs. Baltimore. Tolleson hit a solo home run to deep left field off Chen. It was Tolleson's second of the spring, and the fact it came off a lefty shows where his true value lies. Tolleson had an .844 OPS against left-handers last year and could fill a platoon role for the Blue Jays.
Delmon goes deep:Delmon Young clobbered the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning from reliever Steve Delabar for his second homer of the spring. The outfielder was one of just a few offensive bright spots for Baltimore, as the O's were held to just five hits.
Matusz making case:Brian Matusz continued his impressive spring, picking up two strikeouts in a scoreless top of the seventh. The lefty, whose name has surfaced in trade rumors this spring, has allowed only one earned run in 11 1/3 Grapefruit League innings.
The Orioles will travel to Lakeland, Fla., to take on the Tigers at 1:05 p.m. ET on Thursday in a contest that can be seen live on MLB.TV. Baltimore will start right-hander Chris Tillman opposite Tigers lefty David Price. Kevin Gausman, who is vying for a rotation spot, and Tommy Hunter are also slated to pitch.