The week started when a car service taking Marcus Stroman on a 3 a.m. drive from Buffalo to Pittsburgh in time for Sunday's matinee against the Pirates at PNC Park. The Toronto Blue Jays had purchased the contract of the 23-year-old Stroman from its Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo and he was on his way to the Show.
The addition of Stroman to the Blue Jays' staff paid dividends Tuesday night as he earned his first major league win in the Blue Jays' 6-5 decision in Philadelphia.
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Stroman came on in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied at 5 and threw a scoreless inning. After the Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the 10th on Juan Francisco's sacrifice fly, Stroman recorded the first out in the bottom of the inning before lefty Aaron Loup got the final two outs.
"It's an exciting feeling," Stroman told reporters. "It was a lot of fun out there."
"I spoke to him right after the game," his mother, Adlin Auffant, said from her home in Medford. "He said he was very excited to get his first win and even more excited about getting to Toronto in front of the home fans. I told him he handled himself very well in a tight ninth-inning situation. And he said that's what they expect me to do."
Stroman earned the Yastrzemski Award as Suffolk's top high school player in 2008, and went to Duke University. He was the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2012 draft.
Tuesday night, his fastball averaged 95 mph and he threw 16 strikes in 20 pitches, allowing one single and striking out one. His father, Earl Stroman, and friends were in Philadelphia for the game.
"He was rushing out of there to catch a flight," Auffant said. "To tell you, I was getting heart palpitations when he was warming up in the bullpen in the ninth inning. It was incredible -- I won't sleep."