The Kansas City manager didn’t get it.
“It’s tough, you know, coming up and facing a club like this,” Yost said. “You’re really kind of hoping for a Cinderella story, he comes up and give you five good innings. There was just nothing we could do.”
The Blue Jays jumped in front with a 12-batter first inning, setting a team record when the first eight batters reached safely against Brooks. Toronto had seven straight reach safely to begin a win over Baltimore on Sept. 15, 2007.
Jose Reyes led off with a walk, Melky Cabrera was hit by a pitch, Jose Bautista hit an RBI double, Edwin Encarnacion walked to load the bases and Adam Lind hit an RBI single before Brett Lawrie brought home another run when he was hit by a pitch. Juan Francisco hit a two-run double and Dioner Navarro walked before Brooks finally retired a batter, getting Anthony Gose to ground into a 1-2-3 double play.
Reyes and Cabrera added RBI singles before Michael Mariot came out of the bullpen, getting Bautista to foul out on the first pitch to finally end the inning.
Brooks (0-1) allowed seven runs and five hits in 2-3 of an inning, raising his ERA to 43.88. He walked three and struck out none.
“I just couldn’t control the zone,” Brooks said. “I wasn’t getting ahead of batters. I was trying to do a little too much, I guess.”
“They’ve got good hitters one through nine,” Hayes said. “There’s no weak spot.
Toronto rookie Marcus Stroman (2-0) allowed one run and five hits in six innings in his first career starts. The right-hander walked none and struck out six.
“I thought he was terrific,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “He showed us something.”
Kansas City’s batters were impressed with Stroman, too.