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Rays 6, Jays 1: Odorizzi and LoMo lead the charge on Derby day

Jake is sharp, LoMo is large, and Colby Rasmus makes his first Rays’ hit a big fly

Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

On Kentucky Derby Day, Ezequiel Carrera got things going for the Blue Jays in fitting fashion. With one out in the first, he lifted a 3-2 Jake Odorizzi offering just over the railing in right. But because the ball proceeded to bounce directly back onto the field of play and no umpire gave a definitive homerun call, it led to one of the fastest homerun trots you’ll ever see at 17 seconds. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure the ruling in the field wasn’t an inside the park homer.

Thankfully, that would would be all Jake would give up for a while. The Jays didn’t get a runner into scoring position until Odorizzi’s last inning, when he stranded Kendrys Morales at second. For the day, Jake went seven strong, giving up just the one run on three hits, while striking out six and walking no one.

As for the Rays offense: After putting runners in scoring position in the first two innings, they finally broke through in the third when Logan Morrison took 1-1 Marco Estrada hanging changeup deep to right center for a two-run dinger.

LoMo was in the middle of the action again in the sixth, when his double in the gap to right center followed Evan Longoria’s double in the gap to left center.

3-1 Rays.

The Rays weren’t done in the sixth. After a Steven Souza Jr. groundout moved Morrison up to third, they were all set up for a Colby Rasmus sacfly to extend the lead. Except Colby wasn’t quite satisified with that, and decided to just crank one into the seats in right instead.

It was his first hit as a Ray.


Fresh off the paternity list, Big Daddy Erasmo Ramírez (welcome to the world Addison Maree) came on to work the eighth. After giving up a hard single up the middle that nearly took out his shin to lead off the inning, Erasmo was the beneficiary of baby shower double play when Chris Coghlan hit one right on the button to Logan Morrison, who snagged the line drive, then casually stepped on first to double off Ryan Goins. Ramirez then K’d Luke Maile.

The Rays continued to harass the Jays in the bottom of the frame. With Jason Grilli on, Longo and LoMo walked to lead off the inning, then were passed balled up a base (which really looked more wild pitch to me). Grilli then struck out Souza, and was close to doing the same to Rasmus. But after Colby fouled an 0-2 pitch off the B-Ring (which resulted in a ground rule dead ball instead of a foul out), he worked the count full, before grounding sharply to Devon Travis at second, who was playing in. Longo was breaking on contact, and just beat Travis’s throw home. The call stood after review.

6-1 Rays.

Jose Alvarado came on and worked a clean ninth, inducing three groundouts.


  • Tim Beckham made great play in the fourth ... which I didn’t see because, while it’s true that you can’t predict baseball, you can predict that exciting baseball will happen while you are switching laundry.
  • Kevin Kiermaier winced every time he hit the ball, but still managed to make solid contact more often than not. Which was nice to see. The solid contact that it. The wincing, not so much.
  • In the sixth, a kid in the first row behind the screen made a nice catch on a Tim Beckham foul pop. Enjoy it, son, because your life is all downhill from here.

Tomorrow’s wrap up game is a 1:10 PM start.