This game was the August 4th game. Game two of a three game set with the Rays.
Rays 3 Blue Jays 2
A closer game than the thumping the Jays took in the last one.
Tanner Roark got the start. He came out of the game with an injury after 2.1 scoreless innings. It is just a day-to-day injury, he will be able to make his next start. But it did make the bullpen throw a lot of innings:
- Chase Anderson: 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit with 2 strikeouts. He threw 34 pitches in the Jays last game.
- Kyle Crockett (who was a waiver claim from the Cardinals, in the sim game, back in July): He took over for Anderson after a leadoff single, and got out of the inning giving up just a single. But he started off the sixth with two walks and he was out of the game.
- Anthony Bass came in, also pitching his second day in a row. He gave up a double and a single, allowing both inherited runners to score and one of his own. He made a loser out of Crochett.
- Rafael Dolis pitched a perfect seventh and got the first out of the eighth.
- Sam Coonrod finished out the eighth and got the first out of the ninth.
- Dany Jimenez got the last two outs of the ninth.
Games like this really mess up the bullpens in OOTP.
On the offensive side, we managed 8 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings off Charlie Morton, but only scored 2 runs. We hit into 3 double plays.
Our runs scored:
In the first: Biggio led off with a double and two fly balls moved him to third and home. Vladimir Guerrero got his 59th RBI.
In the sixth: Travis Shaw hit his 29th home run. If he could have hit like that in real life we would have been much happier. The puts him tied for sixth in the AL in home runs. Bo Bichette with third with 32.
After that the Rays pen threw 3 perfect innings.
The Jays drop to 68-46, sitting in first in the AL East, 5.5 games up on the Yankees and Rays who are tied for second.
33,892 sim fans came to the park. It seem that the sim Torontonians have been a little slow to embrace their first place Jays.