The Red Hot Rays are coming off a 5-game winning streak, and look to continue that by feasting on the Blue Jays.
Rays were sending one of their...one(?) pitchers in Charlie Morton. Every game now feels like a must win, especially with Rays’ injuries piling up and the Wild Card race as tight as it is.
The Rays wanted to feast, but sat at an empty table.
Didn’t help that Charlie Morton opened up the game with back to back hits that gave the Blue Jays an early lead in the 1st inning.
Blue Jays scored again off a newly promoted Bo Bichette Solo HR.
The Rays couldn’t get anything going, even with the Blue Jays giving them 3 errors. Rays were 1 hit through 5 innings by Jacob Waguespack.
Morton settled in after the first few innings. His final line: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 9 Ks, and 0 BB, and had some help from the Rays’ defense including this stellar play by Willy Adames & Ji-Man Choi:
Austin Pruitt took over for Charlie Morton, and fired off a scoreless 8th inning. Pruitt did get into trouble in the top of the 9th inning, with back to back singles by Vlad Jr and Freddy Galvis, but wiggled out of it to give the Rays a chance to walk it off.
Pruitt’s final line: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 K, 0 BB.
Up to this point, the Rays had very slowly shown signs of life. They got 1 hit through 5, but tripled that amount in the next 3 innings!
Rays had Kevin Kiermier, Mike Brosseau and Eric Sogard up.
Kiermier flied out on the 1st pitch
Brosseau gave a valiant effort, but struck out on a foul tip
Sogard grounded out.
Final: Blue Jays: 2, Rays: 0. Rays couldn’t get the bats going and string together hits when it mattered. As much as I would love for this team to win out, I am quickly reminded it isn’t going to be the case.
Rays left the table hungry. Let’s hope they get to feast tomorrow when they send...Yarborough? Richards? Anderson? Kitt? Insert waiver claim pitcher here. I honestly have no idea. The Toronto Blue Jays have Trent Thorton on the bump. Gametime is at 7:10 PM