SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Saunders knows he is far from the first to stumble in San Francisco’s expansive foul territory.
The Blue Jays came out on top, and that was the biggest thing Monday night.
In the sixth inning of Toronto’s 3-1 victory against the Giants, the Toronto left fielder tried to chase down Brandon Crawford’s foul popup, lost his footing over the bullpen mound and the ball ricocheted off his head as he slid on his knees toward the rolled-up tarp.
“I guess the one that hit me in the head is more funny than the one losing it in the lights,” Saunders said, a good sport about his fall. “I tripped over the mound, every once in a while it happens. I guess you’ve got to learn to play around it. I know I’m not the first guy to ever have issues with the mound, nor will I be the last. This ballpark’s been here a long time. It’s just part of the park.”
He was OK and stayed in the game.
“He’s a hard-headed Canadian. That doesn’t ever hurt any Canadians,” manager John Gibbons quipped.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, Aaron Sanchez struck out five over seven innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Monday night in their first visit to AT&T Park in nearly three years.
“[We] had a game plan. When we executed it, it was pretty much right on, when you don’t execute it, that’s what happened with the Encarnacion ball,” Peavy said.
Peavy walked two of his five batters in the first inning while giving up a pair of singles, putting himself in an immediate jam. He allowed Saunders’ RBI single but got out of the inning without further damage.
Peavy gave up three runs on five hits and struck out six in five innings.