Trent Thornton’s father, Jeff, gave him a call Friday not long before he took the mound at Fenway Park in Boston to face the Red Sox. Jeff of course knew his son grew up a Red Sox fan, dreaming of one day pitching on MLB’s oldest grounds. So, he wanted to do his part to keep his son focused.
"He was like, ‘Hey, man, enjoy it,’" Thornton said. "’I know you’ve always wanted to do this. But don’t let the game speed up on you. Have fun. Go out there and pitch and show them what you can do.’"
What Thornton did was shut down a Red Sox lineup that came into the night with a .787 OPS, fourth-highest in the American League.
The Blue Jays rookie allowed only two runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings, striking out seven while walking just one. It was his second-straight stellar outing against a very potent offence after Thornton held the Houston Astros — second in the AL with an .812 OPS — scoreless over 6.2 innings his last time out.