Saturday, August 22, 2020

Game #25 Toronto Blue Jays (13-12) @ Tampa Bay Rays (18-10) - game recap


Hyun Jin Ryu threw five strong innings in a losing effort as the Rays came from behind to edge the Blue Jays 2-1

A day after throwing his batting order into a blender and squeaking out a win over the surging Tampa Bay Rays, Charlie Montoyo went back to a lineup that more or less made sense, with Cavan Biggio leading off and Randal Grichuk batting 2nd. Vlad got the half day off, serving as the DH with Rowdy Tellez at 1B today. Joe Panik got the start at SS with Bo Bichette still on the shelf. Reese McGuire got the start behind the plate. Could the Blue Jays keep it rolling and make it seven wins in a row? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • Aaron Slegers pitching line: 4IP 0H 0R 0BB 5K 58 pitches (39 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 5th on a bases loaded walk to Cavan Biggio that forced in Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • The Rays tied it up in the bottom half of the inning on a fielder's choice hit by Manuel Margot that scored Willy Adames
  • Hyun Jin Ryu pitching line: 5IP 3H 1R (earned) 0BB 5K 94 pitches (61 for strikes)
  • The Rays walked it off in the bottom of the 10th as Kevin Kiermaier singled home Manuel Margot
  • Final score: Rays 2 Blue Jays 1

My Take:

  • It was another strong start for ace Hyun Jin Ryu, who threw 5 strong innings, allowing a run on 3 hits while walking none and striking out five. Credit the Rays batters for working the count and getting Ryu's pitch count up.
  • Low-scoring affair. Ten hits between the teams. However, that didn't mean there weren't base runners. The Blue Jays drew 6 walks and the Rays drew 4 walks.
  • The Blue Jays were a miserable 1-8 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to take a series lead as Trent Thornton starts in a quick turnaround after he was yanked in the 1st inning his last time out in game two of the double header against Philly Thursday. The Rays will counter with lefty Scott Fleming