Today’s game was a great way to see the fruits of the Rays’ labor. The farm produced today, and everything looked like it was syncing together. Its exciting to see this team get close to the hype we’ve been told about.
This was the Rays’ first trip to Rogers Centre, and will become their second home as 10 out of the Rays’ last 47 games of the season take place in Toronto.
The Rays face off against RHP Marco Estrada while putting up Ace LHP Blake Snell, who was still being “stretched out” after missing some time due to shoulder fatigue.
But Snell absolutely dominated Blue Jays’ hitters, throwing 5 PERFECT Innings.
Its not even fair.
Blake Snell, 97mph Fastball and 83mph Curveball, Overlay/Slow. pic.twitter.com/uw8fXa8xZ5— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 11, 2018
This was one of Snell’s best outings of the year, and the fan in me wanted nothing more to see Snell achieve legendary status. But health is a top priority, especially on the pitching side, so the short leash makes sense.
He missed almost a month because of shoulder fatigue and didn't get any rehab starts. So instead of being stretched out in the minors, he's having to do it in the bigs. Probably another start or 2 before he's fully stretched out. #Rays— Steve Carney (@stevecarney) August 11, 2018
Greatness will have to wait.
The offense would finally click together after what seemed like endless struggles during the homestead. Michael Perez would get things started with a laser of a HR, his first, to give the Rays a 2-0 lead!
Can one of you fine bullpen lads please retrieve that? pic.twitter.com/cdW2MRi9f1— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 10, 2018
Mallex Smith would keep his hot streak going (He finished July with a .377/.435/.607 in 69 PA) with a Triple to score Willy Adames (again).
Give @RaysBaseball Mallex Smith space in the gap and he'll make you pay for it. Smith hits his 9th triple of the season and drives in Willy Adames. Catch all of the action on FOX Sports Sun. #RaysUp #MLB pic.twitter.com/Wi2B3pBG8x— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) August 11, 2018
A Joey Wendle sac fly would bring in Mallex and make it 4-0 Rays in the 5th inning, and the Rays weren’t done yet, adding another run in the 6th with a Ji-Man Choi Solo shot
Meanwhile, Jake Faria would take over for Snell in the 6th inning, with absolutely no pressure whatsoever.
Even though Faria didn’t keep the perfect game intact, he did a great job coming into relief going 3 IP, 3H, 1BB, 3Ks and 0 R. He was followed by Jamie Schultz, who didn’t want Blake Snell to have all the fun, and threw a perfect inning of his own in the 9th.
Oh, and the Rays added two more runs on a Double by Wendle in the 7th inning to score Michael Perez and Willy Adames....again!
Rays trio of Wendle, Adames and Perez combine to go 6 for 10, 1 BB, 3 doubles, 1 HR, and 5 RBI.
The future is bright.