Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo 'aged 10 years' after beating Astros

Arun SrinivasanContributor
Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo described how exhausting it was to beat the powerhouse Houston Astros on Saturday. (Jeff Chevrier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo described how exhausting it was to beat the powerhouse Houston Astros on Saturday. (Jeff Chevrier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Houston Astros are a veritable powerhouse and trying to stop them for even one afternoon can be an all-consuming task.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo couldn’t help but be drained after his team held on for a 6-4 victory over the Astros on Saturday.

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“I honestly aged, like, 10 years today,” Montoyo told reporters post-game.

Toronto issued nine walks and allowed Houston’s star-studded lineup to claw back into the contest after jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning. Yuli Gurriel connected for a 2-RBI double in the sixth inning before Martin Maldonado scored on an Alex Bregman bases-loaded walk, cutting the lead to 6-4.

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Houston’s own rookie sensation Yordan Alvarez struck out looking on the next at-bat, ending the scoring threat, and Ken Giles closed out the game for Toronto in the ninth to preserve the victory.

Trying to slow down a lineup that serves a modern day Murderer’s Row in George Springer, 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Alvarez — with Michael Brantley and his .332 batting average coming off the bench for a pinch-hit cameo — is exhausting.

Montoyo and his crew now know what lies ahead, as the Blue Jays get a glimpse of what their future could be with Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in tow.

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