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In a narrative killing display Marco Estrada and the Jays fall to the Rays 7-5

Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays
Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada dealing in the early innings thanks to his personal catcher, ‘Estrada-whisperer’ Dioner Navarro. And then things got bad.
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Following last night's stinker, an 8-3 loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays (57-76), the Toronto Blue Jays (76-58) looked to rebound and even the series up by taking the second game of their three game set.

To the mound for the Jays, Marco Estrada (8-6 with a 3.37 ERA in 144.1 innings). Marco's coming off a brilliant 7 inning outing vs. the Baltimore Orioles where he allowed 4 hits and just a single run while striking out 4 and walking just a single batter.

For the Rays goes 23-year old lefty Blake Snell (4-7 with a 3.56 ERA in 68.1 innings). The Jays last saw Snell on August 10th. He went just 1.2 innings allowing 5 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walking 5 (a reoccurring theme for the kid this season, despite his otherwise good numbers).

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Let's pick things up 3rd inning where Devon Travis singled with one out. After Jose Bautista flew out, Josh Donaldson followed that up with a walk giving Edwin Encarnacion (please resign him) two on and two out. A single to center was then bobbled ever so slightly by Kevin Kiermaier giving Travis time to round third and score.

1-0 Blue Jays

Checking in on our favourite narrative, that of the Estrada Whisperer Dioner Navarro, Dinner was in the lineup and catching Estrada in this one. I only really noticed because in the bottom of the 3rd he caught Corey Dickerson stealing 2nd to end the inning. It sort of felt like the first runner we've caught stealing all season, but I'm assured it isn't true.

Hilariously enough, the first name mentioned in the comments that people remember having caught a runner stealing was Josh Thole... It's been a rough year for Russell Martin behind the plate...

Skip ahead to the 6th where the unforeseeable, the improbable happened. With his trusted personal catcher and noted Estrada Whisperer behind the plate, things began to come undone for Estrada and the Blue Jays.

Bobby Wilson singled to start the inning followed by Logan Forsythe who also singled. Kiermaier laid down a bunt and was able to beat it out to give the Rays the bases loaded for Evan Longoria who found a hole in the left side of the defence, scoring the Rays first run, and tying the game. Brad Miller walked to give the Rays the lead.

Matt Duffy then lined a ball off the LF wall, mere feet from being a grand slam, scoring three more and effectively ending Estrada's night and ruining the three paragraphs I had written about the Estrada Whisperer's triumphant return. Brett Cecil entered the game to relieve the Jays starter.

Cecil, for all his issues this year, allowed one hit to Logan Morrison (which did not score a run) before striking out Nick Franklin and Dickerson and then exited the game being replaced by Joe Biagini who got the final out of the inning to limit the damage.

5-1 Rays

Both pitcher's were done by the 7th. Final Lines:

Marco Estrada: 5 IP, 5 ER on 7 H, 6 SO, and 2 BB.
Blake Snell: 6 IP, 1 ER on 2 H, 7 SO, and 1 BB.

In the 7th Kiemaier added to the Rays lead drilling a ball off the foul pole in right for a two-run homerun extending the lead to six.

7-1 Rays

Little moment of note. Matt Dermody, a 26-year old lefty the Jays just called up recently, made his MLB debut in this awful, awful game. He recorded his first strikeout (on Nick Franklin), got Dickerson to fly out, before being replaced by Tepara (he also allowed a double and a single, but whatever... details. Neither scored.)

Then things got interesting in the 9th.

Leadoff walks to Martin and Troy Tulowitki gave the Jays two runners, but Melvin Upton Jr. flew out on the first pitch (why? Why swing at the first pitch from a guy who just walked two straight?). Then, Navarro fought Erasmo Ramirez in a lengthy AB (which included a wild pitch) before grounding out to score a run. Kevin Pillar walked (not a typo, I promise. It happened. No, really! It did!), Devon Travis grounded a ball to the left side which Duffy misplayed. That allowed the ball to go into left scoring a pair for the Jays.

Alex Colome entered the game trying to save it for the Rays but immediately gave up an RBI single to Jose Bautista bringing Josh Donaldson to the plate as the potential tying run. Donaldson ripped the first pitch to right bringing Edwin to the plate with a chance to do some real damage. Unfortunately, he only got the end of the bat on a ball and weakly flew out to left to end an exciting 9th.

FINAL SCORE
Toronto Blue Jays 5 - 7 Tampa Bay Rays

Jays of the Day
Giving one to Dermody for his first MLB K.

Suckage
Estrada (-.308), Martin gets an honourable mention for his 0-3 with 3K effort (though, he did walk in the 9th), despite not reaching the number.

Jays and Rays finish the series up tomorrow afternoon. The Jays will look to salvage at least a win from this otherwise awful series. JA Happ goes to the mound for the Jays in search of his 18th win. Chris Archer will take the mound for the Rays. 1:10pm first pitch.


Source: FanGraphs