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7/4 Blue Jays-Rays Series Recap

Yesterday was the finale of a three-game series between the Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Blue Jays took the series 2-1. The Jays are 43-39, 8.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox for first in the AL East. They are now just 4 games out of a wild card spot. The Jays are 6-4 in their last 10 games and will travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles in a three-game series starting Tuesday.

Game 1

Game 1 of the series saw Alek Manoah facing off against Luis Patino. This was a very painless and smooth game for the Jays. Manoah threw 7 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and just 4 baserunners allowed. The Blue Jays offense jumped on Patino, scoring 7 runs, 5 of those earned, in Patino’s 5.1 innings of work. 2 of these runs were on a home run by George Springer. Jeffrey Springs followed Patino and gave up 3 earned runs in 1 inning on home runs by Marcus Semien and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The Blue Jays would score 1 more in the 8th inning against position player Brett Phillips, but that was it. For the Jays, Anthony Castro relieved Manoah in the 8th inning and allowed the Rays to score their lone run, but he was able to limit the damage. Nick Allgeyer then came into the game in the 9th inning in his major league debut and threw a perfect inning. The Blue Jays won 11-1.

Game 2

In the 2nd game of the series, Ross Stripling took the mound for the Blue Jays against Shane McClanahan. This was also a very clean game for the Jays. Stripling continued his very good stretch and threw 5.2 innings, giving up 1 earned run with 5 strikeouts. The Blue Jays got 2 earned runs off McClanahan, 1 of which came from another Springer home run. The Jays then extended their lead by scoring 3 off of Matt Wisler in the 6th inning. Santiago Espinal knocked in 2 of these runs with his first career major league home run. That was all the Blue Jays would need. Adam Cimber and Tim Mayza each threw 1 shutout inning before Jordan Romano came in for the 9th inning. Romano actually struggled for the first time in a while, giving up 2 earned runs, but he was still able to finish the inning. The Blue Jays won 6-3.

Game 3

Robbie Ray pitched for the Jays in the series finale, and Ryan Yarbrough took the ball for the Rays. The Jays took the lead in the 2nd inning on a solo home run by Randal Grichuk, but they were silenced for the rest of the game. Yarbrough threw 5 innings of 1-run ball before Collin McHugh and Diego Castillo combined for 4 shutout innings. On the Blue Jays side, Ray threw 7 innings giving up 2 runs, continuing to build on a great season. However, he would get the loss for this effort. Adam Cimber continued his strong start to his Blue Jays career with a perfect 8th inning. Rafael Dolis then made his first appearance since coming off the IL, and continued to show why he is not deserving of being on an MLB roster. He got just 1 out and gave up 3 earned runs. Tayler Saucedo was forced to come in to get the final 2 outs. The Rays won 5-1.

What’s Next

The Blue Jays face off against the Baltimore Orioles in a three-game series in Baltimore starting on Tuesday night.