Mar 29, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Toronto Blue catcher Derrick Chung (63) congratulates pitcher Aaron Sanchez (41) after the game against the New York Mets at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays: Impressive Debut for Aaron Sanchez

Fans of the Toronto Blue Jays can breathe easily: Aaron Sanchez was dominant in his major league debut tonight.

Sanchez entered the game as a relief pitcher in the seventh inning. He was asked to help preserve the Jays’ 5-4 lead over the visiting Boston Red Sox.

How did he fare?

Mar 16, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez (41) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 16, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez (41) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Sanchez retired the side with ease. He repeated the same feat in the eighth inning, helping the Jays win their second straight game and secure at least a split in their four-game series against the Red Sox.

If you think that’s impressive, consider some of the batters retired by Sanchez in his MLB debut: Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli. I’m afraid to face these guys in MLB 14: The Show so I can only image how Sanchez felt!

In terms of specifics, he tossed two strikeouts and had the other four batters hit themselves out. He showed no visible signs of nerves.

Asked about the experience afterwards, Sanchez said he was more nervous waiting in the bullpen than delivering out on the mound.

Casey Janssen replaced Sanchez in the final frame where he secured his 15th save of the season. The win went to R.A. Dickey, who overcame a rough first inning. This was Dickey’s first win since July 8th.

What are your thoughts on Sanchez’s debut? Did he live up to your expectations or are we getting ahead of ourselves here?

(There’s only one right answer!)

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