Adames’ 11th inning run condemns Jays to defeat
All Willy Adames had to do during the 11th innings was hit the ball through or over five infielders for Tampa Bay to beat Toronto.
He dually delivered and ensured that the Rays overcame the Jays 4-3 on Wednesday evening.
“I really wanted that at-bat and they gave it to me,” said Adames, who blamed himself for not making a play that had led to a Toronto run five innings earlier. “I was trying to hit it deep, get it up in the air and make sure that (pinch-runner Andrew Velazquez) was able to score.”
Adames’ hit came off Justin Shafer. He had walked two and allowed a single by Avisail Garcia earlier in the evening. Meanwhile, after an intentional walk of Kevin Kiermaier with one out and the infield packed full with fielders; Adames drove a ball over the Jays through the centre of the field.
Meanwhile, Diego Castillo got the win after pitching the 11th inning for the Rays. Also, the Jays have now lost five straight games and will be glad to see the back of Tampa.
Furthermore, it was the eighth succesive game in which the Rays have given up three runs or less. While much of the credit this time went to Hunter Wood. He had pitched three shutout innings following his arrival into the game with the bases loaded and none out in the sixth inning.
“Woody’s performance was probably good for the MVP of the night,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
Also, the Rays smashed out 14 hits. With Garcia and Tommy Pham contributing to three each.
Meanwhile, Toronto has now lost seven of their last eight. The Blue Jays had 12 hits. However, they went 2 for 16 with men in scoring positions.
“We had our chances, but we didn’t do it. The pitching gave us a chance,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “We were in the game. And We came back. We had chances and when you play good teams, sooner or later they’re going to get you.”
Tampa Bay took a 3-2 into the eighth innings before Justin Smoak tied it with an RBI single off Jose Alvarado’s pitch. Furthermore, he gave up two hits and two walks to the four batters he faced. Toronto had the bases loaded with no outs after levelling the scores. But Wood got Freddie Galvis to bounce into a double play and Brandon Drury to line out to centre.
“I’m a pretty bland guy,” Wood said, “but I was definitely pumped up to get out of that inning and keep the (game) tied up and give the team a chance to win.”
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays had four hits off Blake Snell’s first ten pitches of the game.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove Snell’s third pitch to ensure a two-run homer. Also, Smoak and Rowdy Tellez followed with singles. However, Snell got out of the inning with a strikeout and a double play and then scattered two hits and two walks over the next five innings.