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Deflating Doesn't Begin to Explain It - Blue Jays fall 9-2 to Rays

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The Toronto Blue Jays hoped to take a lead in the division, but the TB Rays had other ideas on Tuesday night.

The Rays score one of their many, many runs on Tuesday night
The Rays score one of their many, many runs on Tuesday night
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Following Monday night's 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays (45-66), the Toronto Blue Jays (64-49) entered play today tied for the division lead looking to claim top spot for themselves.

On the mound for the boys in blue, co-Ace and All-Star Marco Estrada (7-4, 2.92 ERA, 3.81 FIP). The Rays countered with Drew Smyly who has struggled this season, to say the least (3-11, 5.14 ERA, 4.30 FIP). He is, however, coming off one of his better games of the year, a 7 IP, 10 K, 1 BB, 2 ER outing against the KC Royals.

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Scoring started early off the bat of a familiar assailant. Leading off the first was Logan Forsyth, noted Jays killer who entered the game sporting a .387/.457/.742 slash with a 237 OPS+ and 3 HR in 35 PA's, who took Estrada's 2-1 pitch over the wall in right to open the scoring.

1-0 Rays

Things remained that way until the Top of the 4th. Devin Travis appeared to save a run getting to a ball hit up the middle that perhaps he shouldn't have been able to get to, thus keeping the runners (previously on 1st and 2nd) from moving up more than one base. But, while trying to transfer the ball to attempt to throw the batter, Forsyth (of course) out, he dropped the ball and it rolled into shallow left field.

The error allowed Corey Dickerson, who had led off the inning with a walk, to score the Rays 2nd run.

2-0 Rays

Estrada was less than his normally fantastic self. His pitch count became elevated and he was never able to recover. He hit 100 pitches in just the 5th inning. It was in the 5th where he got into a bit of trouble following a double, a passed ball, and a hit batter giving the Rays runners on 1st and 3rd with one out. Following a pop out Steven Souza Jr. flared one into right that fell in for a single, scoring another TB run.

Tim Beckham Jr. walked to load the bases but Luke Maile struck out to end the inning, ending the threat, and limiting the damage.

3-0 Rays

Smyly, on the other hand, seemed almost unhittable up until the 5th before Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Saunders both singled to begin the inning. Justin Smoak worked a four-pitch walk to load the bases. Melvin Upton Jr. managed to lift a flyball deep enough to score the Jays first run, and also advanced Saunders to third for Devon Travis. Travis, continuing his recent hot streaked, poked a single into right to plate the Jays 2nd run. Jose Bautista grounded into a double play to end the inning, but the deficit was just one run now.

3-2 Rays

Danny Barnes took over in the 6th for Estrada. Estrada's final line : 5 IP, 2 ER on 7 H, 6 K's and 4 BB's. He wasn't very crisp but he limited damage. Mostly. Left in line for the loss.

Things did not go well for Barnes. He struck out Forsythe, but then walked Kevin Kiermaier. Evan Longoria doubled home Kiermaier, Brad Miller walked, and Mikie Mahtook singled home Longoria before Barnes forced Dickerson to ground into a double play. When the dust settled, TB's lead was back to three.

5-2 Rays

Smyly ran into trouble in the bottom half loading the bases on two singles (Donaldson, Encarnacion) and a walk (Martin), but managed to get out of it with a popout (Tulo), strikeout (Saunders), and another popup (Smoak) ending the threat.

He'd leave the game after six, allowing 2 ER on 6 H, 2K and 3 BB and in line for the win.

Scott Feldman entered the game in the 7th but fared little better (actually, considerably worse) allowing singles to Souza, Maile, and Forsythe, the last of which scoring the Rays 6th run. A double off the bat of Kiermaier scored the 7th run, and gave Longoria runners on 2nd and 3rd. A single scored both runners giving the Rays a seven run lead.

It looked as though the Rays had added more runs on a Mahtook dribbler up the 1st base line which resulted in an errant throw from Martin and runners scoring, but it was deemed that Mahtook had gone inside the baseline and impeded Martin's throwing lane resulting in an automatic out as well as the baserunners being returned to their previous base.

A stroke of good fortune in a game that had long gotten out of reach.

9-2 Rays

That's how the game ended. Jays fall to the Rays. Estrada takes the loss and moves to 7-5, while Smyly moves to 4-11 with the win. 

Jays of the Day
None

Suckage
Barnes (-.180), Feldman (-.092), Bautista (-.104)

JA Happ (15-3 with a 3.09 ERA) goes to the mound for the Jays tomorrow against Blake Snell (3-4 and a 2,95 ERA). Game starts at 7:07pm.


Source: FanGraphs