David Bush’s major league debut was nearly perfect—until he was hung with a loss.
Bush will take another shot at his first career win as the Blue Jays conclude a three-game series with the struggling Seattle Mariners at SkyDome.
Bush, 24, allowed just one earned run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings Friday, but was charged with the loss as Montreal’s Livan Hernandez blanked Toronto 2-0 in San Juan.
“It was fun being down here and a great experience,” Bush said. “I’m glad to get the first one out of the way, and everything went smoothly for the most part.”
Bush threw 93 pitches, 57 for strikes, and left the game in a scoreless tie. He struck out four and walked only one.
“He was aggressive and did not seem real nervous out there,” Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said of the right-hander. “He located the fastball real well to both sides of the plate, and he had a breaking ball and a changeup. You can’t ask for anything more than that.”
Bush hopes that the Blue Jays can stay hot at the plate after they pounded the Mariners 12-4 Wednesday for their fourth win in seven games. Josh Phelps had two homers, including his second career grand slam, and became the fifth Toronto player to have seven RBIs in a game.
Rich Aurilia had three hits and Randy Winn and Bret Boone each added two apiece for the Mariners, who have lost five straight and seven of nine. Seattle is 18 games below .500 for the first time since Aug. 7, 1994.
“We’re not playing any baseball now. It’s frustrating,” Seattle closer Eddie Guardado said. “When you’re struggling like this you have to stay positive. It’s not that we’re not trying, it’s just that it’s not happening.”