The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Series Win Over Blue Jays
By Josh Jacobs
Coming off a rough series against the Los Angeles Angels, the resilience of the Tampa Bay Rays as the high powered Toronto Blue Jays came to town. Series against division rivals go a long way towards winning divisions, and the Rays took care of business, taking 2 of 3 from the visiting Jays.
Game 1 started off as a low scoring battle, with the Rays adding 2 runs in the first 5 innings on good situational hitting from Ji-Man Choi and Mike Zunino. After the Blue Jays rallied back to tie the game, Manuel Margot answered with a go ahead base hit in the 8th, and the Rays added on two more to take the game by the final of 5-2.
Game 2 was a different story. Both teams added runs in the first, with Yandy Diaz going deep off of starter Hyun Jin Ryu.
The scoring would remain even until the top of the 8th inning, where the Blue Jays broke the game open with home runs from Teoscar Hernandez and Danny Jensen, as well as an RBI single from Lourdes Gurriel Jr to take the game 5-1.
The rubber match featured a pitching dual between Blue Jay's Alex Manoah and five different Rays pitchers. Jeffery Springs gave the Rays 4.2 solid innings of work, and the bullpen would take the rest of the game and continue to shut out the high powered Blue Jays offense.
The scoring in this game mostly game on mistakes from Toronto in the 8th inning, as Brandon Lowe would score on a throwing error, Wander Franco came around on a wild pitch, and then Choi drove in Harold Ramirez on an RBI single to finish the scoring in the 3-0 series clinching win.