Anthony Kay left with no decision in MLB debut as Blue Jays fall to Rays 5-3 on Saturday
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Rookie left the game in line for the win but the bullpen could not hold on as the Rays rallied in the late innings.
Anthony Kay pitched well in his major-league debut but was left with a disappointing no-decision as the Toronto Blue Jays fell 5-3 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.
Kay (0-0) pitched 5.2 solid innings, allowing just two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out eight.
The rookie, who was acquired in the Marcus Stroman trade, did not look out of place in his first start, holding the Rays to just one hit over his first three innings of work.
Unfortunately the Jays bullpen could not maintain the lead for their No.4 prospect.
First, Jason Adam allowed the Rays to tie the game at 3-3 with a single and a double in the seventh.
Tampa took the lead for good in the eighth after former Blue Jays prospect Travis d’Arnaud cashed in the winning run with a sacrifice fly to deep right field.
Daniel Robertson added the insurance run one batter later, slapping an RBI single into right field to give Tampa a 5-3 lead.
Toronto (55-88) has now lost six straight games and eight of their last nine.
Charlie Morton (16-4) held the Jays to just one hit through five innings but the bats came alive in the sixth, knocking Morton around for four hits and three runs and taking him out of contention for the victory.
He was removed after the sixth inning, having allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out a game-high 10 batters.
The win extended Tampa Bay’s (85-59) streak to five and they have now won nine of their last 10 games.
The Rays scored both runs off of Kay in a rough fourth inning. Tampa began the inning with three consecutive singles to make the score 1-0.
After earning his first out on a fly ball to the warning track, Kay hit Rays’ third baseman Matt Duffy in the elbow to load the bases with just one out.
After striking out the next batter, the rookie would walk Willy Adames on four pitches to give the Rays a 2-0 lead.
Morton got in trouble in the sixth allowing back-to-back RBI singles from Reese McGuire and the recently recalled Jonathan Davis to even the score at 2-2.
A sacrifice fly from Billy McKinney gave the Jays the 3-2 lead.
The series will conclude on Sunday and the Jays will look to end their slide with Jacob Waguespack (4-3, 3.97 ERA) on the hill. Tampa Bay will counter with Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 1.86 ERA) who will be making his first start since suffering a forearm strain on May 10th.