Rookie Aaron Sanchez dazzles in Blue Jays debut

Aaron Sanchez of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the seventh inning during MLB game...

Aaron Sanchez of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the seventh inning during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on July 23, 2014 at Rogers Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:21 PM ET

Ideally, John Gibbons was looking to mark Aaron Sanchez’ major league debut in a stress-free situation.

Instead, he brought the young right-hander into the game to start the seventh inning with the Toronto Blue Jays holding a one-run lead.

Not to worry, though, as the 22-year-old came through Wednesday in style with two dazzling shutout innings of relief in helping the Jays to their 6-4 triumph over the Boston Red Sox.

His first pitch to Dustin Pedroia was a strike that his 95 mph on the gun. He soon ramped that up to 97 and 98, retiring him on three pitches before getting David Ortiz to fly out to left.

Sanchez completed his 1-2-3 inning by sitting down Mike Napoli on a fly to centre on a 99 mph heater.

His next inning was another 1-2-3 effort highlighted by two strikeouts.

Sanchez’ stuff was electric.


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