BOSTON – Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays:
“To take a guy that hasn’t played for a week and just assume he’s going to give you production against left-handers, he’s got to see right-handers to get the at-bats.” -- John Farrell on why he started Chris Young against a right-handed pitcher.
“Obviously I would never do that to anybody . . . It doesn’t matter who it was, I would never, ever try to do that to anybody. So I just told him sorry that it happened . . . He understood I wasn’t trying to do that, but it was something I felt like I needed to say to get off my chest more than anything.” – Steven Wright on his apology to Chris Colabello after hitting im in the head to start the fourth inning.
“He was getting the high strike all day today, and when a guy’s throwing that hard it’s tough to catch up to that pitch. He has that comeback sinker to lefties that he was pretty effective with -- especially with me today. And that curveball, he was able to keep a lot of people off balance. He attacked the zone and put guys in a hole early on in the counts.” - Travis Shaw on Aaron Sanchez’s performance.
“He got me with the sinker. But I’m just looking for a pitch that I can drive and put the ball in play.” - Marco Hernandez on getting his first major-league hit in his first game.
* Marco Hernandez is the first Red Sox player to record a walk, hit, stolen base and run in his major-league debut
* With Steven Wright’s quality start, the Red Sox have now thrown three straight quality starts for the first time since Sept. 19-21 of last year.
* Sunday was Sanchez’s 10th appearance against Boston. He’s now 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 26 2/3 innings.
* Travis Shaw hit his first homerun of 2016 off of Toronto’s closer Roberto Osuna in the ninth. This also marked the first home run Osuna had allowed since 9/21/15.
1) Aaron Sanchez
Relying almost exclusively on his 94-97 mph sinker, Sanchez held Boston hitless for the first 4.2 innings, finishing with seven strikeouts in seven innings.
2) Steven Wright
Only slightly outdone by his adversary on the mound, Wright held Toronto’s tough lineup scoreless after giving up two in the first. He finished with zero walks and six strikeouts in six frames.
3) José Bautista
After cranking a high knuckler over the Green Monster in the first, he made Boston’s comeback all the more impossible when he knocked in a run with a ninth inning double.