The Houston Astros are a veritable powerhouse and trying to stop them for even one afternoon can be an all-consuming task.
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo couldn’t help but be drained after his team held on for a 6-4 victory over the Astros on Saturday.
“I honestly aged, like, 10 years today,” Montoyo told reporters post-game.
Toronto issued nine walks and allowed Houston’s star-studded lineup to claw back into the contest after jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning. Yuli Gurriel connected for a 2-RBI double in the sixth inning before Martin Maldonado scored on an Alex Bregman bases-loaded walk, cutting the lead to 6-4.
Houston’s own rookie sensation Yordan Alvarez struck out looking on the next at-bat, ending the scoring threat, and Ken Giles closed out the game for Toronto in the ninth to preserve the victory.
Trying to slow down a lineup that serves a modern day Murderer’s Row in George Springer, 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Alvarez — with Michael Brantley and his .332 batting average coming off the bench for a pinch-hit cameo — is exhausting.
Montoyo and his crew now know what lies ahead, as the Blue Jays get a glimpse of what their future could be with Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in tow.
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