In untelevised baseball news, the Rays lost 1-0 to the Blue Jays tonight which completes the first ever home sweep of Tampa Bay by Toronto. You didn't see the game. I didn't see the game. So, this recap will be brief.
The game lasted a brisk two hours and forty-nine minutes, which usually happens when only one run is allowed and three walks are issued over ten innings. Mark Buehrle, as he's wont to do against the Rays, pitched eight easy shutout innings. Only once did he allow a runner in scoring position.
On the Tampa Bay side of things, Jake Odorizzi was stellar in his own right. For the second consecutive game he went at least seven innings while allowing zero runs. He's also allowed just four hits over that time as well.
The Rays best chance to score, and to win the game, came in the ninth inning against Brett Cecil. Back to back singles to open the frame put men on first and third. A fly ball wins it. Except, Brandon Guyer struck out. After an intentional walk to Evan Longoria loaded the bases, Logan Forsythe and Sean Rodriguez each struck out to end the threat. While Cecil is a southpaw, he's been much better against right handed hitters this season, holding them to a .552 OPS and striking out nearly 14 per nine innings. So, yes, Guyer, Forsythe and Rodriguez are in the game to hit left handed pitching, Cecil wasn't going to be an easy task.
The top of the tenth inning brought up a mini chess match which the Rays lost. Jake McGee was left on the mound to start the inning and Toronto countered by pinch hitting the right handed John Mayberry Jr. Joe Maddon then removed McGee in favor of the right handed Steve Geltz. Toronto countered with Colby Rasmus, who homered on the sixth pitch of the at bat.
A frustrating loss, and perhaps one better served by not being televised for all the area to see.