st. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A meaningful four-game set opener against the Tampa Bay Rays could be less dramatic if Jose Berrios captures the soft Manuel Margot comebacker or leaves Cavan Biggio to recover. not elucidated. For the Toronto Blue Jays.
Both players fielded cleanly to reach the final with a 3–3 draw in the second inning on Thursday. Instead, the ball was deflected out of Berrios’ glove, rendering Biggio unplayable. It was the first of three Sea-Eye RBI singles to restore a three-run edge in Tampa Bay shortly after the Blue Jays’ rally, ending the right-arm night in the second inning. Throwing 74 pitches, he sent the Rays to an easy 10-5 win.
The setback narrowed the Blue Jays’ (84-66) lead in the top wildcard spot over the Rays (83-67) to one game, while the Seattle Mariners (82-67) beat Oakland 9-5 on Thursday. did. , 1.5 from the pace.
Bad luck may have played a role in that Margot single, with soft flare Wonder Franco chopping just out of Beau Bichet’s reach and grounder Randy Arrozarena going through the 5-6 hole, but the game didn’t end there. It was a complete mess for the Blue Jays. .
Arriving in St. Petersburg, Fla. at 4:00 a.m. Wednesday night in a 4-3, 10-inning, 4-hour, 8-minute loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, the Blue Jays are leading the way with a chance to create a real separation in the standings. rival.
They got off to a quick start when George Springer tripled and Bichette doubled him in the first off opener JT Shargois in front of a sparse Tropicana Field crowd of 8,799.
However, Berrios came off the jump as Jonathan Aranda took the lead with a home run, Arrozarena tripled home Margot and scored on a wild pitch just after the first of 31 pitches.
Home runs by Theoscar Hernandez and Whit Merrifield were scored two off by Ryan Yarbrough, but Berrios couldn’t close out the bottom half, recording two outs around Ji-man Choi’s bases before scoring four runs. A straight single brought in three runs. His 43rd pitch of the frame led to a David Peralta flyball that ended the frame.
Berrios’ subsequent ejection left six innings of bullpen shredders to cover for four relievers, including Blue Jays debutant Foster Griffin. Springs.
Trevor Richards allowed three more runs, David Phelps allowed another, and the Rays shut down the Blue Jays offense after Ryan Yarbrough left the game in the third with right-sided discomfort. But Merrifield hit his second home run of the night in the ninth. Tampa Bay used his seven pitchers in all.
With roster juggling continuing after the Blue Jays put Santiago Espinal on the injured list with a left oblique strain, Griffin is likely White’s counterpoint. Replaced Bichette on the field in the first inning.
Meanwhile, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who has worked out again at the club’s complex in Dunedin, Fla. after recovering from a left hamstring strain, has yet to run and will be re-evaluated this weekend.
Berrios quickly gets hook as Blue Jays lose ugly series opener against Rays
Source link Berrios quickly gets hook as Blue Jays lose ugly series opener against Rays