It was a rough beginning of the season for the most notable Duke in the MLB player, Marcus Stroman, but he responded in a big way after being reinstated from the Disabled List.
Stroman was then placed on the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue on May 11.
After over a month sideline trying to get his command, velocity, and movement back on his pitchers, the former Duke star was back on the mound and was his ace-like self again.
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The Blue Jays were in Los Angeles taking on the Angels in a four-game series and after the dropping the first two games, the Blue Jays needed a big performance from Stroman to get them back on track and end their road woes.
Stroman stepped up and delivered for the Blue Jays tossing five innings of shutout baseball, scattering six hits, striking out five and only walking one.
After Stroman departed with a 1-0 lead after the fifth inning, the Angels tied the game in the eighth inning, not allowing Stroman to get the victory, however, the Blue Jays responded with three runs in the top of the ninth to give Toronto a 4-1 lead en route to the victory.
If the Blue Jays want to make a run at a playoff spot, it will start with Marcus Stroman being the ace Toronto desperately needs showing his excellent leadership and taking the reigns of a questionable Blue Jays pitching staff.