TORONTO BLUE JAYS CAME OUT QUICK, BUT THE BATS FELL FLAT AS THEY DROPPED THE SECOND GAME OF THE SERIES TO THE RAYS.
In game one last night, the Toronto Blue Jays would flex their muscles hitting three home runs on route to an 8-4 victory. Toronto’s designated hitter Kendrys Morales, and first baseman Justin Smoak would both go deep in the late innings to give the Blue Jays a commanding lead, and take game 1 of this three game set. This afternoon, the Blue Jays sent Marco Estrada to the mound, who has been one of the hottest pitchers in the American League. The Rays would counter with Jake Odorizzi, who’s looking to get back on track after a slow start to the season by his standards.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 1 R, 4 H, 0 E
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 6 R, 6 H, 1 E
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 6, 2017
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 6, 2017
Not a lot of highlights in this one, as the Blue Jays were shut down for most of the game. The Blue Jays did get on the board first, when left fielder Ezequiel Carrera hit a wall scraping home run to right field. Carrera’s home run was measured at 382 feet, but unfortunately this would be the only runner to cross home plate for the Blue Jays today.
With Estrada dealing well in the third inning, he would start off the bottom half of the inning with two straight strikeouts. With Evan Longoria a strike away from ending the inning, he would roll a base hit through the middle of the infield. Logan Morrison would come to the plate next, on a high 77 mph change-up from Estrada, Morrison would smack a ball deep over the wall, for a 2-1 lead.
Just as Estrada looked like he was settling in, and finding his zone. The Rays combo of Longoria and Morrison would strike again in the sixth inning, hitting back-to-back doubles. The struggles in the sixth inning wouldn’t end there, former Blue Jays Colby Rasmus would destroy a ball deep to left field, scoring Morrison and extending the Rays lead to 5-1. Estrada’s day would be over, going six innings, allowing five runs, walking two, and striking out seven.
The struggles for Blue Jays reliever Jason Grilli continue. Pitching in the eighth inning today, Grilli would start his outing with back-to-back walks, a passed ball would advance those runners, but Grilli would get out of the inning only allowing one run.
Overall the Blue Jays failed to get base runners, and to capitalize on the base runners they did get. Finishing the game with four hits, and never able to work a walk, the Blue Jays didn’t see many runners touch second base today. Wether it was a poorly executed hit-and-run from Devon Travis, or a lineout double play from Chris Couglan, the Blue Jays for a majority of this game failed to get anything going offensively.
- Blue Jays reliever Joe Biagini will get his first start as a Blue Jay tomorrow, the Rays will send Alex Cobb for a 1:10PM EST game.
- The Blue Jays announced that centerfielder Kevin Pillar has been named Blue Jays Player of the Month for the month of April. In his 25 games played in April, Pillar hit .301/.339/.505, he hit four home runs, and drove in 8 runs batting from the leadoff spot.
- Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, did a nice job of profiling what we may see in the the newly acquired bullpen arm Neil Ramirez. The Blue Jays claimed Ramirez off waivers, after the San Francisco Giants designated him for assignment last Sunday.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Slim pickins, but who's your #BlueJays Player of the Game?
— Jays From the Couch (@JaysFromCouch) May 6, 2017