Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Pitcher Cal Quantrill Earns First MLB Win as Padres Rout Blue Jays 19-4

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Pitcher Cal Quantrill Earns First MLB Win as Padres Rout Blue Jays 19-4

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Canadian Quantrill earns first MLB win


TORONTO - Canadians Cal Quantrill and Josh Naylor have shared plenty of special moments, and they added to the list as San Diego Padres teammates on Saturday.

In front of lots of friends and family at Rogers Centre, Quantrill earned his first win in Major League Baseball. Naylor checked in with his first career hit and RBI in the bigs as the Padres banged out 20 hits and a franchise-record seven home runs in a 19-4 win against the struggling Toronto Blue Jays.

"I feel like Josh and I, and I know we're young, have done a lot together in our careers," Quantrill said. "We have been to the Future Stars game together. We played for Team Canada together. Now we've done this together.

"I'm glad we were able to come here and do it. It would have been fine anywhere, but here makes it a little more special."

Quantrill, 24, is from Port Hope, Ont., about an hour east of Toronto. The 21-year-old Naylor hails from Mississauga, Ont., the western neighbour to Toronto.

The two grew up cheering for the Blue Jays. Quantrill's dad, Paul, was a reliever for the Blue Jays for six of his 13 major league seasons between 1996 and 2001.

In his fourth career start, the younger Quantrill had a nifty mix and employed his slider to keep the Blue Jays at bay. He tossed a two-hitter, struck out nine, walked two and gave up three runs in six innings to improve his record to 1-2.

In his final inning, Quantrill struck out Toronto shortstop Freddy Galvis and then fanned rookie third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. before he walked first baseman Justin Smoak. But he finished his day of work with one final strikeout of designated hitter Rowdy Tellez.

"It was a blast," Quantrill said. "It was tough to contain it at the end. You're probably not supposed to be yelling when you're up by 14. But I was just so excited.

"It's been a dream for a long time to pitch in the big leagues. Now you're at home and trying to go for that first win. There was excitement to have it done and out of the way. …

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