Monday, September 12, 2022

Game #140- Tampa Bay Rays (78-61) @ Toronto Blue Jays (79-61) - game recap


Bo Bichette drove in all three runs and scored one of those runs on his game-winning HR in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Rays 

After dropping the last day of the series against the rangers yesterday, the Blue Jays open a HUGE home stand against the Rays, who have won 6 of the 10 meetings in the season series so far and have outscored the Blue Jays 40-35. Jose Berrios got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. George Springer was back in the field after DH'ing yesterday. Teo was in RF after playing LF yesterday. Raimel Tapia got the start in LF. Cavan Biggio was at 2B. Alejandro Kirk served as DH. Could the Blue Jays start the week with a win? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Rays opened the scoring in the top of the 2nd as Jonathan Aranda singled scoring David Peralta 
  • The Blue Jays tied the game as Bo Bichette singled home George Springer 
  • Cooper Criswell pitching line: 3.1IP 2H 1R (earned) 1BB 4K 45 pitches (32 for strikes)
  • The Rays took the lead in the top of the 6th on a fielder's choice hit by Manuel Margot that scored Randy Arozarena
  • Jose Berrios pitching line: 6.1IP 6H 2R (1 earned) 1BB 4K 92 pitches (54 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom of the 8th as Bichette whacked a 2-run blast to left-center; also scoring Raimel Tapia
  • Jordan Romano pitched a perfect 9th for his 33rd save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 3 Rays 2 

My Take:

  • Jose Berrios the good was pitching today. The inconsistent righty gave up a pair of runs (1 earned) on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4 over 6.1 innings. He retired 7 in a row at one point
  • The bullpen pitched 2.2 perfect innings. Tim Mayza was credited with the win and Jordan Romano notched his 33rd save of the season. Tomorrow, it'll be all hands on deck with a double header.
  • It was the Bo show again. The AL player of the week, Bichette drove in all three runs and scored one of those runs himself on a clutch 2-run jack in the 8th. Vlad was the only other Blue Jay to reach base more than once.
  • The Mariners and Orioles were both idle today. The Blue Jays are in the 2nd WC spot, 5 games up on the Orioles, a half game up on the Rays and tied with the Mariners for the top WC spot.
  • Up next, the last home double header of the season. Alek Monah starts the 1st game against Rays lefty Jeffrey Springs. Neither team has announced their starters for the 2nd game.