Saturday, May 22, 2021

Game #44 Tampa Bay Rays (28-19) @ Toronto Blue Jays (23-21) - game recap

Teoscar Hernadez drove in the only Blue Jays in a 3-1 come-from-behind win by the Rays

The Jays and Rays continued their 4-game Victoria Day long weekend series. There was good news and bad news on theMy  injury front. The bad news was Cavan Biggio was placed on the 10-day IL with a cervical spine ligament sprain. The good news was Anthony Castro and Joe Panik were activated off the IL. Jeremy Beasley and Anthony Kay were optioned to the alternate squad. Ty Tice was recalled from Buffalo. Robbie Ray got the start on the mound. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was at 1B as he returns after missing a couple of days with a knee injury. Danny Jansen was behind the plate after a day off last night. Could the Blue Jays end the 3-game losing streak? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as Teoscar Hernandez doubled home Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • The Rays tied the game in the top of the 5th as Mike Zunino whacked a solo blast to left-center 
  • Shane McClanahan pitching line: 5IP 4H 1R (earned) 2BB 4K 67 pitches (41 for strikes)
  • Robbie Ray pitching line: 7IP 5H 1R (earned) 0BB 7K 109 pitches (72 for strikes)
  • The Rays took the lead in the top of the 8th as Manuel Margot singled scoring Randy Arozarena
  • The Rays added a run in the top of the 9th on a wild pitch by Trent Thornton that scored Taylor Walls
  • Diego Castillo pitched a scoreless 9th for his 8th save of the seaon
  • Final score: Rays 3 Blue Jays 1
My Take:

  • Robbie Ray was excellent tonight, giving up a run on 5 hits while walking none and striking out 7. Right from the first pitch he was in command. He's really blossomed under the guidance of Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Waker 
  • Not much doing offensively tonight for the Blue Jays, who had rallies thwarted three times by double plays
  • The Blue Jays were 0-4 with runners in scoring position
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was the only Blue Jay to have more than one hit (he had two hits)
  • Up next, the Blue Jays look to snap the 4-game losing streak. Ace Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the start