Blue Jays vs. Rays Game Recap - May 29, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Willy Adames hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 11th to push the Tampa Bay Rays over the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Wednesday night.
The bottom of the eleventh started with a walk to Ji-Man Choi, followed by a single by Avisail Garcia. The Jays elected to intentionally walk Kevin Kiermaier to get to Adames with one out, but Adames hit a fly ball to centre field to put the game away for Tampa Bay.
Garcia and Tommy Pham each added three hits to help the Tampa Bay attack on offence in the extra-inning affair.
Four Blue Jays hitters added multiple hits to help in a 12-hit night, with Lourdes Gurriel Jr’s two-run home run in the first being the most effective knock for the visiting Jays.
Gurriel Jr. now has four home runs in his last six games since being recalled from Triple-A.
Blake Snell (3-4) was solid in this outing for the Rays, but not as good as his Cy Young-calibre season from a year ago: he allowed a two-run home run in the first inning and ultimately finished with six innings pitched, having allowed six hits and two walks, leading to two earned runs with five strikeouts.
The Rays (34-19) won their fifth in a row today, completing the series sweep over the Blue Jays.
Toronto (21-35) has now dropped three straight with the loss.
Trent Thornton (1-4) laboured through four and 2/3rds innings, as he allowed three earned runs on seven hits and three walks. He also added five strikeouts. It took him 97 pitches to record 14 outs, and he could not make it through the fifth inning.
The losing pitcher for Toronto was Justin Shafer (0-1), his first career major league loss. He pitched one and a third innings in extras but was heavily outmatched, allowing three hits and four walks on his way to surrendering the walk-off hit to Adames.
In the top of the eleventh, the Jays had runners on first and second with none out after a Brandon Drury lead-off double and a Danny Jansen walk, but three straight outs promptly erased the promising beginning.
The visitors were able to tie the game up late with an RBI single hit by first baseman Justin Smoak in the top of the eighth, which scored Gurriel Jr., to right field.
A two-run double hit by Brandon Lowe in the fifth inning gave Tampa Bay it’s first lead of the night, pushing the score to 3-2.
Garcia got the host Rays on the board in the bottom of the third with a ground ball RBI single to centre field that scored Austin Meadows.
Things started out very well for the Jays, which is a rare occurrence this season, when Eric Sohard hit a leadoff single followed quickly by a two-run home run by Gurriel Jr. to left field.
Both teams have the day off tomorrow before Tampa Bay hosts Minnesota on Friday and Toronto travels to Colorado. The Blue Jays will start Edwin Jackson (0-2, 9.00 ERA) against Colorado’s German Marquez (5-2, 3.56 ERA).