Kevin Gausman Tosses First Career Shutout in Blue Jays’ 7-0 Win Over A’s

Baseball Writers Jun 8, 2024

Kevin Gausman etched his name into the record books on June 8th, 2024, as he pitched the first complete game shutout of his 12-year Major League career, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Dominant Performance

The 33-year-old right-hander was in complete control, tossing a five-hit gem while striking out nine batters and walking none. Gausman needed just 103 pitches to complete the shutout, showcasing his efficiency and command on the mound.
Gausman’s outing was a masterclass in pitching, as he kept the A’s hitters off-balance throughout the game. His fastball had late life, and his splitter was nearly unhittable, generating numerous swings and misses from Oakland’s lineup.

Long Awaited Milestone

While Gausman has enjoyed a successful career, including two All-Star selections (2021 and 2023) and a second-team All-MLB nod in 2021, the shutout had eluded him until this point. He had come close on several occasions, but either fell short on pitches or was pulled late in games.
Gausman’s teammates were thrilled for him, recognizing the significance of the achievement. Blue Jays manager John Schneider praised Gausman’s focus and determination, stating, “He’s been so close before, and to finally get that monkey off his back is huge for him.”

Offensive Support

The Blue Jays’ offense provided ample support for Gausman’s gem, scoring seven runs on the night. Catcher Alejandro Kirk led the way with a three-run homer, while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and George Springer each contributed an RBI double.

Looking Ahead

With the shutout under his belt, Gausman can now set his sights on other milestones, such as reaching 100 career wins (he currently sits at 93) and continuing his pursuit of a World Series ring. The Blue Jays, currently in the thick of the American League playoff race, will rely heavily on Gausman’s experience and dominance as they push for a postseason berth.

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