Toronto Blue Jays Highlights & Lowlights: Jays fast start not enough to hold of Rays

 

Toronto Blue Jays dropped another early season contest to the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2. Club falls to 1-5 on the season

 

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In the last game of a 4 game series against the Rays and the last game before the Home Opener the Toronto Blue Jays were not able to win their second game of the season and were defeated by a score of 7-2. The game was wild from start to finish with benches clearing due to Steven Souza Jr sliding late into second and Troy Tulowitzki not liking the late slide, ejections to one of, if not, the best defenders in baseball and a former MVP leaving the game due to injury.

 

Highlights:

 

The Jays offense was clicking early against Rays starter Jake Odorizzi seeing Josh Donaldson hitting an opposite field solo homer to start the scoring. Followed by a Jose Bautista walk and a Kendrys Morales double to send Tulowitzki up with men on second and third and hitting a hard grounder into the shift. However, it allowed Bautista to score from third and give the Jays a 2-0 lead.

 

The bullpen, outside of Casey Lawrence, was strong with Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup combining for an 1 ⅔ innings while striking out two and only allowing one baserunner. Loup and Tepera and are expected to take more of a load in the bullpen due to injuries to J.P. Howell and Roberto Osuna coming off an injury

 

Lowlights:

 

With one out in the bottom of the third, Corey Dickerson squeaked a homer over the short wall in left field (The 162 landing) and that was just the start of a big half inning for the Rays. After the Dickerson home run Kiermaier showed off his blazing speed with a triple. Rays all time great, Evan Longoria, came up next and struck out. However, Brad Miller worked a walk to bring up Troy Tulowitzki’s least favorite Ray, Steven Souza Jr, who made the most of this opportunity and put one in the seats to give the Rays a 4-2 lead.

 

Casey Lawrence once again had a tough outing after giving up the walkoff walk last night. He came in with two outs and struck out Evan Longoria for the second time in his two game career. However he started of the bottom of the eighth by walking the first two and would eventually let up a single to Daniel Robertson to load the bases for Mallex Smith who hit into a force out at home. But Jesus Sucre did more damage and hit a single to left field to score 2 and extended the Rays lead to 7-2.

 

News and Notes:

Donaldson grabbed his calf running down the first baseline trying to beat out a grounder in the bottom of the fifth. Ryan Goins came into play third base for the rest of the game. Donaldson dealt with a calf injury for most of Spring Training and missed a few weeks because of it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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