Toronto Blue Jays Highlights and Lowlights: Rays top Jays by a Touchdown

 

The Toronto Blue Jays open up a short two-game set with the Rays sandwiched by a pair of off-days.

 

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The Blue Jays once again try to reach the .500 mark, but the Tampa Bay Rays stand in their way, winners of their last five games, but without semistar center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. The Jays trot out Marco Estrada, who doesn’t pitch well against them, to face rookie Jacob Faria, making just his second MLB start.

 

Lineups

 

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Toronto Blue Jays

Starting Pitcher Matchup

Starting pitching matchup via BaseballSavant.mlb.com

Results

Rays 8 R, 16  H, 1 E

Jays 1 R, 8 H, 0 E

 

Highlights

There weren’t any.

Okay, fine. Ezequiel Carrera had an RBI single in the seventh. Despite two strikeout, Carrera was solid on Monday, going 2-for-4. There’s probably video of it somewhere.

The Jays still whacked out eight hits, with Justin Smoak and Josh Donaldson getting two hits apiece.

 

Lowlights

Marco Estrada was, predictably, terrible. He’s just not good against the Rays, who have tagged him for 10 runs in 11 innings this season prior to Tuesday night. The Rays roughed Estrada up for another SIX runs in this game, all in just 3.1 innings, smashing out 12(!) hits including home runs to Taylor Featherston (his first of the year) and newly-minted Blue Jays nemesis Logan Morrison.

 

The offense wanted nothing to do with rookie Jacob Faria’s arsenal, continually waving at high change-ups and center-cut 93 MPH fastballs. Now, Faria is probably going to be a pretty solid MLB starter, but he didn’t have much of anything that was obvious from the broadcast. Still, he managed 6.1 innings of allowing just one run, striking out eight Blue Jays and giving up six hits and a walk.

 

Toronto’s biggest rally of the night ( an error by Morrison and a wounded duck single) was quickly quelled by Russell Martin grounding into a double play. Otherwise, the Jays only had two players reach scoring position, and nine total were left stranded.

 

Noteworthy

  • Yesterday was draft day, and while I enjoy it much more than the rest of you seem to, there’s plenty of great stories out there. Like the time the Royals drafted TWO Hall of Famers in 1979, just not baseball HOFers. Our fearless leader John Gibbons reminisced about his own draft for Melissa Cuoto as well.
  • Devon Travis had an operation to “clean up” his ailing right knee on Monday, via Ben Nicholson-Smith of SportsNet. Manager John Gibbons, when asked for a timetable, said “it’ll be a while.” Dang.
  • Steve Pearce is due back this weekend. That’s…something. He was 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeouts, and Ben Wagner reported that he looked decent in the field, as well:

  • The draft was yesterday! We’ll have a review coming of the draft later this week, but here’s a quick synopsis: college kids, plenty of ’em, and catchers. Lots of catchers. These are both good things. Also: Brock Lundquist’s mustache.

Player of the Game

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Roy’s earliest memories all involve baseball from the early 90’s and the Blue Jays dream teams. He became a Blue Jays fan while watching Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green evolve in Syracuse, NY at the run-down confines of MacArthur Stadium, nestled between highway and swamp. A lifelong baseball player, Roy still plays (P, C, 2B, 3B) in the 25+ Syracuse MSBL for the Liverpool Mets. He watches almost all games with his best buddy Sebastian, a five year old Pug, who could care less.

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Roy’s earliest memories all involve baseball from the early 90’s and the Blue Jays dream teams. He became a Blue Jays fan while watching Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green evolve in Syracuse, NY at the run-down confines of MacArthur Stadium, nestled between highway and swamp. A lifelong baseball player, Roy still plays (P, C, 2B, 3B) in the 25+ Syracuse MSBL for the Liverpool Mets. He watches almost all games with his best buddy Sebastian, a five year old Pug, who could care less.