Toronto Blue Jays lose 10-9 to the Rays
Joey Wendle drove in the tie-breaking run with the bases-loaded during the ninth inning as the Rays battled back from 8-1 down to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-9 on Sunday afternoon.
Guillermo Heredia and Ji-Man Choi both hit two-run homers. While Willy Adames added a game-tying solo shot during the eighth inning as the Rays bounced back. On Saturday, they blew a seven-run advantage before losing in 12.
Chaz Roe pitched one inning for the win. Meanwhile, Oliver Drake got one out in the ninth. Also, Diego Castillo finished for his eighth save in nine games.
However, Daniel Hudson took the loss. Following the game, the Blue Jays announced they had traded ace Marcus Stroman and cash to the New York Mets in return for a pair of pitching prospects.
According to STATS, no team has ever overcome a seven-run deficit one day, before then blowing a seven-run lead in their following game.
On Saturday, the Blue Jays were down 9-2 after 5½ innings before tying it with a four-run ninth. Before, winning on Teoscar Hernandez’s leadoff homer during the 12th.
This time, however, the Blue Jays led 8-1 after five but couldn’t resist the Ray pressure. Tampa Bay chased Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez in a three-run sixth. But Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI double in the bottom half, making it 9-4.
The Rays cut it to 9-6 with two runs during the seventh. And then tied it in the eighth on back-to-back home runs from Adames and Heredia. Heredia hit a two-run shot, his third, and Adames tied it with his 12th homer and second in two games. Meanwhile, both homers came off Blue Jays right-hander David Phelps.
Tampa Bay’s comeback denied Sanchez his first victory since the win over Oakland on April 27th. Meaning he has now lost 13 consecutive decisions. He allowed four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked none and struck out ten. Including six straight to start the game; an unwanted Blue Jays’ record.
Stroman left the Blue Jays clubhouse post-game with an unknown companion in a hurry, headed for the underground parking garage, and didn’t speak to media. But he did show his appreciation for the city of Toronto on Twitter.
“Canada. Toronto. Words can’t really explain the extent of my appreciation and love. Beyond thankful and blessed to have played for this unbelievable nation. Thank you for your constant support, love, and loyalty. I’ll be back plenty in the future!”