San Diego Padres

Blue Jays' depleted outfield blurs line between creativity and desperation

TORONTO – The distinction between creativity and desperation blurs quickly amid the ongoing throes of a rebuild, muddied by the sometimes conflicting demands of immediate need, developmental goals and the bigger picture.

Their top outfield prospect, Anthony Alford, struggled badly after being brought Toronto for opening day only to be returned to the minors without playing, but has picked things up lately and is positioned to be the next call-up.

“It’s more about giving our kids at-bats, wherever that can be,” manager Charlie Montoyo explained before the San Diego Padres , riding six strong innings from Canadian Cal Quantrill, blitzed his club 19-4 on Saturday.

In this one, Davis’ grab simply delayed the inevitable, as it was followed by a walk, a hit batter and an Austin Hedges grand slam that blew open what had been a 3-1 game.

The Padres proceeded to pummel Thomas Pannone, Derek Law, Zac Rosscup and Sam Gaviglio, too, en route to a franchise-record seven home runs.

Really though, survival is the primary concern for the Blue Jays, be it for a starting rotation struggling to simply eat innings, a thin bullpen under so much duress catcher Luke Maile made his second appearance on the mound this season, or a makeshift outfield.

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