Blue Jays fall back down to Earth
Yonny Chirinos was pulled after five no-hit innings, as the Tampa Bay Rays cruised to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Monday evening.
Chirinos was making his 11th appearance and fifth start this campaign. Meanwhile, Oliver Drake relieved to begin the sixth inning and gave up a leadoff single to Luke Maile.
Along with his starts, Chirinos soon comes in after an opener. He is averaging five innings an outing. Also, he struck out seven and walked two during his 69-pitch outing.
“It wasn’t hard at all,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said of taking Chirinos out. “We’re going to prioritize the guy’s health and be responsible with them. I don’t even think I knew he had a no-hitter until the fans starting booing after Drake gave up a hit.”
“I’ve always been most comfortable as a starter,” Chirinos said through a translator. “But this team has confidence in me to come in the (reliever) role. And I’ve just got to prepare accordingly.”
Furthermore, five Rays relievers completed a four-hitter.
Meanwhile, Austin Meadows homered and drove in three runs for the Rays. They remain two games behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees despite going a season-high 13 games over .500.
Also, Aaron Sanchez gave up just the one run and six hits before leaving after the third. Because of a problem with the fingernail on his right middle finger. The oft-injured right-hander left his start on May 17th during the fourth inning with a right middle finger blister.
“Hopefully it’s nothing too serious,” Sanchez said. “Obviously it affected me today. I couldn’t really grip the ball, but I don’t think it’s going to be anything big.”
Jonathan Davis hit his first MLB homer. This gave the Blue Jays hope, and got them within 4-2 during the seventh.
The Jays have now lost 19 of 26. However, they got a ninth-inning solo homer by Freddy Galvis.
Meadow had three hits, as well as an RBI single in the second and added a two-run homer during his four-run eighth. He has now recorded seven hits over his last two games.
Jacob Waguespack made his MLB debut after replacing Sanchez. He allowed Tommy Pham’s RBI double and Ji-Man Choi’s run-scoring single during a three-run fourth that made it 4-0.
Choi circled the bases on his hit after catcher Maile’s attempt to throw him out trying to advance to second sailed into centre field. Meanwhile, Waguespack allowed three runs, three hits and struck out seven during his four innings.
Charlie Montoyo was on the Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash’s coaching staff for the previous four seasons was returning to Tropicana Field for the first time as Toronto manager.
Furthermore, while playing at Tropicana Field is difficult as a task for the Blue Jays at any point in the year; the team are also dealing with a host of illness’ to key men.
“It’s been like that for a week now,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “One guy gets it, spreads it to the other guy and so on. Everybody’s catching it right now.”
Rookie second baseman Cavan Biggio was moved to designated hitter on Monday because he was feeling ill. He went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Justin Smoak sat out Monday with the illness, although Montoyo, a coach with the Rays for the previous four seasons, said it was a planned day off for the first baseman anyway.
The Blue Jays also were playing the 14th of 16 straight games without a day off.
“It is what it is, no excuses,” Montoyo said. “It’s been a pretty good grind, especially with guys sick, but it is what it is.”