Jays can’t beat Rays
TORONTO — they’re no longer called the devil Rays, but the toronto Blue Jays still have a devil of a time against the tampa Bay ball club.
On Saturday afternoon, with members of the 1992 and ’93 World Series alumni on hand, the Jays failed to muster any sustained offence, losing to the Rays, 3-1, their seventh loss in eight games against tampa Bay this season.
toronto managed just five hits against six tampa Bay pitchers. It was a bullpen game for Rays manager Kevin Cash with every pitcher trotted out coming in with 95-mph heat, or better.
“they run some pretty good arms at you, and that definitely helps,” said Jays manager John gibbons. “they’ve got a good young team over there. they’ve got some pretty good hitters and they’ve always played a nice brand of baseball.”
aledmys diaz hammered a solo home run to left in the fifth to cut the Rays lead to 2-1.
the Rays hit a couple of doubles of Jays starter Sam gaviglio in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. tampa jumped ahead 2-0 in the second as a result of some great base running by centre fielder Kevin Kiermaier who hit a single up the middle and immediately took second when his counterpart, Kevin Pillar, bobbled the ball. He then stole third and came home on a grounder to short by Willy adames.
the Jays put men on first and second with none out in the bottom of the second. With the count, 2-2 third baseman yangervis Solarte hurt himself swinging at a Ryne Stanek offering and had to leave the game with a right oblique injury. He’ll likely go on the dl. gibbons is not sure who will play third at this point.