The Rays ran into a real offense today, and pitchers Erik Bedard and the newly promoted Alex Colome could do little to cool down the streaking Jays. I'll admit that I was frolicking in the park, enjoying my holiday weekend, so I didn't watch this game. If you did, your insight is appreciated, but here's my reading of the box score.
- Erik Bedard was hit hard. He didn't walk anyone, but he only lasted four innings. Over that span he gave up twelve hits, including back-to-back home runs to Dioner Navarro and Steve Tolleson, as well as three doubles. He was removed after 78 pitches.
- Alex Colome, newly promoted for the injured Brandon Guyer, was tasked with one primary job: soak up innings and save the bullpen that was tired from a rough weekend. He did that, pitching four innings to finish the game.
- Colome failed, however, in his other job -- preventing runs. After first coming on, Colome allowed six batters to reach base in the fifth inning.
- The rest of his innings were pretty uneventful (he gave up a solo home run to Edwin Encarnacion, but plenty of pitchers have). I'll go back and watch Colome's innings, but what did y'all see from him?
- David DeJesus, Desmond Jennings, and James Loney all homered off Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison.
- The Rays offense collected ten hits in total and six walks. On most nights, that would be enough to win the game. Not tonight.
- The Rays still have a fine chance to win the series. Tomorrow, Alex Cobb will face Mark Buehrle (Buehrle is good, but it's pretty much always advantage Cobb), and on Wednesday, Chris Archer will face Liam Hendricks (advantage Archer).