Well, that wasn’t fun at all. On the plus side, the Rays were not no hit! On the down side was … well, just about everything else. The Rays were three hit by Robbie Ray and the Toronto bullpen, dropping the final game before the All-Star break 3-1. They also missed a chance to gain ground on the Red Sox, who lost to the Phillies 5-4.
Okay, let’s check the lineups. With both Rays All-Stars Zunino and Wendle getting the day off, Tampa Bay sent out Dick Mountain to battle Captain Tightpants and the Buffalo Blue Birds.
The Rays actually pitched and defended well. Hill walked Semien to lead off the game, but with one out, Guerrero Jr. smoked a liner directly to Choi for an inning ending double play.
The Rays successfully flashed a four outfielder setup a couple times in the third. Unfortunately, in between all that, Danny Jansen hit a one out hanging curve over all the outfielders and into the left field seats for a 1-0 Jays lead.
The Jays tacked on in the fourth. With one out, the succession of a single, a walk, and a wild pitch brought the infield in with Espinal at the plate. His liner to first got by Choi, making it a 2-0 game.
A sac fly by Biggio followed, pushing the lead to 3-0.
Collin McHugh came on to pitch the sixth, closing the book on Hill: 5 innings, 4 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts. Not great, but perfectly acceptable.
The Rays bullpen followed, and was outstanding. Collin McHugh worked two shutout innings and Drew Rasmussen did the same.
But the offense was unable to get anything going. Robbie Ray walked Yandy in the first, but that was all there was for a long time. Ray cruised through six, no hitting the Rays, with only a Wander Franco flyout to center even leaving the infield.
The Rays finally snapped the no hitter with one out in the seventh, when Yandy Diaz doubled off the top of the wall in left.
Unfortunately, Yandy was caught in a rundown when Meadows hit a comebacker, removing a man from scoring position.
An Arozarena flyout ended the “threat.”
Tim Mayza took over for Toronto in the eighth and worked a clean frame.
Though it wasn’t enough, the Rays did finally get something going against Squatting Jordan Romano in the ninth. With one out, Brandon Lowe snapped the shutout, driving one out to right.
Then with two out, Yandy Diaz sliced a liner to right for a single, bringing the tying run to the plate in Austin Meadows. But Meadows was unable to deliver, fouling out to Espinal.
The end. Enjoy the All-Star break!