I knew going into the three game series against Tampa Bay was going to be tough for the Toronto Blue Jays, but I was not prepare for what I saw in game one.
Ben Zobrist opened the scoring with a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning.
I knew the Jays were in trouble in the second inning when Jose Molina hit a two run homer to increase the Ray’s lead to 5.0.
The Rays scored another two runs in the third inning. As a result, Jay’s starting pitcher, Carlos Villanueva was pulled from the game.
It got worse for the Jays when Tampa Bay took a 9-0 lead in the sixth inning.
At the end of it all, the Rays won 12-1. Terrible. Just absolutely terrible performance by the Blue Jays.
Things looked promising for the Jays in game two when they jumped out to a 2-0 at the top of the first inning.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, though, Evan Longoria hit a three run homer to give the Rays a 4-2 lead.
In the fifth inning, Toronto closed a 5-2 gap by scoring two runs, but the Rays answered back in the bottom of the inning by scoring six runs of their own. The final score was 11-5 Tampa Bay.
Today’s game saw the debut of Jay’s starting pitcher, Chad Jenkins. The impression I get from this move is that the Blue Jays are either trying to get back to their winning ways or their evaluating their young pitching staff for next season.
Manager, John Farrell said before today’s game that there will be a lot of decisions made in the off-season. He’s got that right. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame Farrell for the Jay’s dismal season, but I do believe his job maybe on the line.
The Jays were unable to avoid the sweep as they lost 3-0.
How did the rookie pitcher, Jenkins do? In five innings pitched, he gave up only two hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck out four batters. Not bad. The only unfortunate thing for him is he would be credited for the loss.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Blue Jays as they face another opponent who is trying to land a playoff spot, starting tomorrow night. The Baltimore Orioles.