Rays 1 Blue Jays 11
That was fun. That’s the way games against the Rays should go.
Alek Manoah was dominant. His best start of the season by far. He went 7 innings, allowing just 3 hits, no runs, 1 walk with 10 strikeouts. He didn’t give up his first hit until one out in the sixth inning, and that was a popup that Randal Grichuk ran in on hard, dived, and had it go off his glove for a double. Of course, an official scorer with any sense of fun would have called it an error. But then Alek gave up two singles in the seventh to make it moot.
If Alek can pitch like that, it will be an interesting second half of the season.
Anthony Castro gave up a couple of doubles and a run, in the eighth just so the Rays wouldn’t feel so bad. Then, Nick Allgeyer finally got into a game, pitching a clean ninth (helped out by a super catch from Jonathan Davis).
And our batters had 12 hits, with 3 home runs.
Brett Phillips, Rays' fourth outfielder, was the one Rays ‘pitcher’ to have fun. He enjoyed the experience of pitching in the 8th inning.
- Two in the first: Bo Bichette singles, and George Springer, hitting fourth, homered over the center-field wall.
- Four in the second: Cavan Biggio walked. Randal Grichuk reached on an error. Lourdes Gurriel brought them bought home Biggio. Reese McGuire singled (through a drawn-in infield) bringing in Grichuk. We got another run on a Marcus Semien ground out. Called a double-play ball on the field, Marcus was just safe, buying himself an RBI. After a passed ball (and a rant about catching on a knee), Vlad singled home Marcus. Marcus was just in ahead of the throw but, with two outs, might as well go for it.
- One in the sixth: Teoscar and Cavan started the innings with singles. Then, a wild pitch moved them to second and third. And another wild pitch scored Teoscar.
- Three in the seventh: Semien started things off with his 21st home run. And, after a Bichette single, Vlad hit his 27th home run, a line drive to the opposite field.
- One in the eighth: Off Phillips, with two outs, Marcus singled, and Bo and Vlad walked. There was a balk in there somewhere (silly to call a balk on a hitter pitching, but whatever). Santigo Espinal singled home Marcus.
Everyone in the starting lineup had a hit, except for Grichuk. Marcus, Bo, and Vlad had two hits each.
Jays of the Day: Manoah (.181 WPA) and Springer (.169). After Springer's home run, we had about a 70% win probability, so tough for anyone else to get the number.
No Suckage Jays.
Tomorrow’s game is a 3:00 Eastern start—Stripling vs. McClanahan.
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