Saturday, September 22, 2018

Game #155 Tampa Bay Rays (86-68) @ Toronto Blue Jays (71-84) - game recap

Rowdy Tellez was 3-4 with 3RBI and a run scored as the Blue Jays knocked off the Ray 5-2

The Blue Jays were unable to repeat their epic comeback Thursday on Friday. Here's an idea, don't give up so many runs. Tonight, Thomas Pannone looks to repeat his strong seven inning performance from last start vs. the Yankees. The last time the Blue Jays faced today's Rays starter, they scored 7 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Could the Blue Jays do what the Rays have been doing to them the last games and rout them? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights

  • The Rays took the lead in the top of the 3rd as Tommy Pham hit a solo HR to left
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the 4th as Rowdy Tellez crushed a 2 run HR to right; also scoring Justin Smoak
  • Three batters later, Reese McGuire doubled home Kevin Pillar. McGuire advanced to 3rd on the play due to a throwing error by Rays second baseman Joey Wendle
  • The Rays got one back in the top of the 7th as Jesus Sucre homered to left-center
  • Thomas Pannone pitching line: 6.2IP 6H 2R (both earned)  3BB 5K 108 pitches (66 for strikes)
  • Tyler Glasnow pitching line: 6IP 6H 3R (all earned) 2BB 6K 98 pitches (62 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 8th as tellez doubled home Randal Grichuk
  • A batter later, Aledmys Diaz singled, scoring Anthony Alford
  • Ken Giles pitched a scoreless 9th for his 24th save of the season as he remains perfect in save situations
  • Final score: Blue Jays 5 Rays 2
My Take

  • Thomas Pannone had another solid start, throwing 6.2 innings and giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and walking three. He got out of a bases loaded jam in the 3rd inning after walking the bases full by striking out Willy Adames He retired 7 in a row at one point. Because Pannone's fastball tops out at 88-90MPH, location and movenent are incredibly important for Pannone. I see a spot in the rotation next year for Pannone.
  • The bullpen was excellent today, allowing 2 walks and a single in 2.1 innings today
  • Rowdy Tellez continues to swing a hot bat. He was three for 4 today, driving in 3 runs and scoring one himself.
  • Jonathan Davis took over defensively in LF. He was not involved in any plays defensively and he did not get an at-bat today
  • Reese McGuire had Mallex Smith steal a base off him in the 7th. He did a good job calling the game and managing pitcher Thomas Pannone. He was 1-2 at the plate and drove in what would be the winning run with a double
  • Danny Jansen pinch hit for McGuire in the 7th and popped out to SS. Jansen was fine defensively today
  • Anthony Alford pinch ran for Rowdy Tellez in the 8th and scored the Blue Jays 5th run.
  • Richard Urena played second base and batted 9th today. He was 1-2 at the plate (single and drew a walk. Urena was involved in two plays defensively today
  • Up next, the Blue Jays go for the series win and try to put a serious dent in the Rays playoff chances. Ryan Borucki makes his second to last start of the season against Rays starter and Cy Young favorite Blake Snell