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First night off for the bats in September, Jays lose

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Rays 2 Blue Jays 0

Well, it has been a long time since we’ve had a game like this. The last time we were shut out was July 23rd. We are now 12-2 for September.

And it wasn’t like we didn’t have some hard-hit balls. We had seven hits at over 100 MPH. And Vlad hit a line drive at 113.4 MPH, but it found a glove (.780 expected BA on that one).

So there was a fair bit of bad luck. We only had 3 hits. George Springer legged out a double (giving many of us a scare). And Marcus Semien and Reese McGuire had singles.

We did get a couple of guys on in the fourth. A Semien walk followed springers’ double, but then we had Vlad 113.4 MPH line up, Bo Bichette struck out (not a good at-bat), and Teoscar Hernandez lined out (at only 100.1 MPH).

Bo, in particular, had a tough night (after yesterday’s home run on a ball that was very close to the ground), going 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts). But then he made some excellent plays with the glove.

Rays’ starter Drew Rasmussen pitched a good game, but he had a lot of help from his outfielders. They made some excellent plays. And four relievers each pitched a scoreless inning.

Jose Berrios had another excellent start. 7 innings, just 4 hits, no walks, and 4 strikeouts. Unfortunately, one of those four hits was a Ji-Man Choi home run. Choi also had a double against Berrios. The only Ray to get an extra-base hit.

Update: The Jays say Berrios came out with abdominal tightness. They aren’t saying if he will miss his next start.

Tim Mayza also gave up a solo home run, this one off Brandon Lowe’s bat. Adam Cimber pitched a clean ninth.

Jay of the Day: Berrios (.282 WPA).

Suckage: Vlad (-.180, 0 for 4), Bo (-.136, 0 for 3, 2 k), Teoscar (-.113, 0 for 3, 2 k), and Lourdes (-.101, 0 for 3, 1 k).

Tomorrow is a day game, 3:00 Eastern. Bob Rae (11-5, 2.69) vs. Michael Wacha (3-4, 4.15).

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