Tampa Bay Rays 5, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Charlie Montoyo will be hoping that the MLB season ends pretty soon after Brendan McKay and four relievers combined on a two-hitter as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 on Friday night. Meanwhile, Mike Zunino also hit a two-run homer for the AL playoff-contending Tampa Bay Rays.
Randal Grichuk was the lone Toronto base runner through eight innings. He reached his two-out opposite-field triple during the first off McKay near the wall that right fielder Avisail Garcia appeared to overrun.
Toronto threatened during the ninth against 29-year old Cole Sulser. Sulser was making his major league debut. The Blue Jays loaded the bases with no outs to chase Sulser. He had a 1-2-3 during the eighth.
Emilio Pagan came on to retire the next three Blue Jays batters and earn his 19th save of the season.
The contrast between the sides couldn’t have been more clear throughout. Tampa are the side leading the wild card race after winning eight games in their last nine. This is their best season in nine years. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays fell to a seventh defeat in eight and are on course for 100 losses in a single season since 1979.
Toronto’s frustrations this season was epitomised by Montoyo getting ejected when the Jays were 3-0 down. This is the second time this season that the manager has been removed.
The series continues on Saturday, and the Blue Jays are set to hand a first MLB start to Anthony Kay. Kay is an exciting prospect that arrived in Toronto as part of the deal that took Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets.