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Rays 5, Blue Jays 0: Mckay + Co. toss two-hit shut out

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Rays keep up playoff push, improve to season best 25 games over .500

Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

25 games over .500 and the Rays are rolling. Lots to be excited about. Kean Wong being called up, Brendan McKay & Tyler Glasnow are back.

What do the kids say now these days? *checks notes*

It’s lit.

Rays scored first in the 1st inning with, after an Austin Meadows single, Avisail Garcia doubles to bring Meadows home and giving the Rays an early 1-0 lead.

Second and Third Runs came in the next inning off a Mike “Is Good” Zunino HR.

Brendan McKay, after spending some time at AAA and the DL due to shoulder tendinitis, opened up todays game. Besides a triple in the 1st inning by Randal Grichuk, that probably should’ve been an E9 (and could have preserved a no-hitter!).

McKay looked like the version we saw earlier this season.

Final line: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, and 7 Ks. 59 pitches. Welcome back McKay!

Rays offense kept the pressure up, courtesy of a Willy Adames double. A Kiermaier groundout allowed Adames to get to 3rd, and a passed ball by catcher Danny Jansen gave the Rays their 4th run of the night.

Peter Fairbanks came in relief of McKay, and kept the Blue Jays off balance, posting 2 strikeouts with 0 walks and 0 hits in 1.1 IP.

Foul ball off foot knocked out Sogard, but fret not!

Its been a rough couple of days for Sogard. Hope he recovers quickly!

Fairbanks gave way to Andrew Kittredge, who kept the shutout and retired 2 innings worth of Blue Jays batters. 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2Ks.

Rays scored again in the 8th inning, with Joey Wendle and Matt Duffy getting on base with nobody out. Austin Meadows was up, and gave the Rays another run off a single.

After a solid outing by Kittredge, Rays went to recently called up Cole Sulser, who was acquired earlier in the Yandy Diaz & Jake Bauers trade.

(For those who don’t know Cole Sulser graduated from Dartmouth with two engineering degrees)

His debut in the 8th inning was nothing short of magical. 8 pitches, 1 strikeout, with a groundout and fly out.

His 9th inning, was the opposite. A single sandwiched between a pair of walks would be the end of the night for Sulser, and Kevin Cash had to call upon Emilio Pagan. Again.

Sulser’s final line: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.

Emilio Pagan continued his dominance in the pen, and proved that he can be called upon at a moments notice, as well as showed he’s a legit threat. I’m sure Cash would’ve liked to not use him, but there wasn’t really another option and Pagan was glad to oblige.

Pagan started shaky, with a couple of pitches that should’ve scored one Blue Jays run. But Emilio settled in, and went after the big bats in the Blue Jay’s lineup, getting Teoscar Hernandez to pop out, Randal Grichuk to strike out, and Vlad Jr. to fly out.

Rays’ bullpen completes the shut out, and Rays win 5-0.

Rays will look for the Series win tomorrow, with Charlie Morton starting. First pitch is at 6:10 PM EST.