TAMPA BAY RAYS 4, TORONTO BLUE JAYS 1
Saturday, July 25, 2020 Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Win: Anderson (1-0) Loss: Gaviglio (0-1) Save: Drake (1)
First Pitch: 3:10 p.m.Temps: 72-in, 90-out Attendance: — Time of Game: 2:47
TAMPA BAY RAYS NOTES
THE WIN—The Rays scored 3 runs in the 8th inning, breaking a 1-1 tie and recording their first win of the season…through the first 2 games this series, the Rays have scored 4 runs in 6.1 innings against the Blue Jays bullpen…last season the Rays won 20 games in their last at-bat, and went 11-8 in games when they were tied through 7 innings. The Rays are batting .125 (2-for-16) with RISP this season and were 0-for-4 with RISP tonight before Brandon Lowe’s go-ahead triple. Over the last two seasons, the Rays are 14-7 against the Blue Jays (9-3 at home, 5-4 on the road)…the Rays are 212-180 (.541) all-time against the Blue Jays, their most win against any opponent.
RYAN YARBROUGH—Made the fourth scoreless start of his career, following Aug 17, 2019 vs. DET (6.1 IP), Aug 11, 2019 at SEA (8.2 IP) and July 20, 2019 vs. CWS…it was the third time he made a scoreless start and took no decision, leaving after 5.1 IP in a scoreless tie…got out of his bases-load-ed jam in a 21-pitch 4th inning; also had a 7-pitch 2nd and 9-pitch 5th. Has a 2.14 ERA (42-IP, 10-ER) in 10 career apps (3 starts) against the Blue Jays, including a 1.95 ERA (27.2-IP, 6-ER) in 6 apps (2 starts) against them at Tropicana Field…remains 4-0 vs. TOR at home. Despite the scoreless outing, remains winless (0-3) in his last 9 apps (all starts) since Aug 17, 2019, the longest streak of his career. Has yielded 2 BB (or fewer) in 18 consecutive starts since June 11, 2018, the 3rd-longest streak in club history (excluding openers). Made his third straight Opening Day roster, all with the Rays, and his first as a regular member of the starting rotation.
BRANDON LOWE—Delivered a go-ahead, 2-run triple in the 8th inning, the fifth triple of his career and first since June 25, 2019 at MIN…marked the third time in his career he recorded a go-ahead hit in the 8th inning or later, following May 2, 2019 at KC (9th-inning homer) and May 17, 2019 at NYY (8th-inning double)…was the first time the Rays hit a go-ahead triple that late in a game since Denard Span on Opening Day 2018 vs. BOS. Entering tonight’s game, he was 0-for-9 lifetime against Sam Gavi-glio…came around to score on a 8th-inning balk by Gaviglio.
NICK ANDERSON—Improved to 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA (22.2-IP, 5-ER) since the trade to the Rays, after going 2-4 with a 3.92 ERA with Miami…did not record a strikeout for the third time in 24 outings with the Rays.
OLIVER DRAKE—Recorded the fourth save of his career, following Sep 7, 2019 vs. TOR, July 15, 2019 at NYY and June 15, 2017 at STL (with MIL)…pitched 2 games for the Blue Jays in 2018 and was traded by them to the Rays in exchange for cash considerations on Jan 4, 2019.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS NOTES
THE LOSS—The Blue Jays dropped the second game of their season-opening 3-game series, setting up a rubber match for 1:10 p.m. tomorrow…the Blue Jays allowed 3 runs in the 8th inning and fell to 7-11 since the start of the 2019 season when they were tied through 7 innings…were held to 1 run (or fewer) for the first time since being shut out on Sep 7, 2019 at TB, with their only run coming on a 7th-inning solo homer. Fell to 7-14 (.333) over the last two seasons against the Rays and 13-27 (.325) against them since the beginning of the 2018 season, the 4th-lowest winning pct. vs. TB in the majors over that stretch. ÊFell to 3-9 in their last 12 games at Tropicana Field and are 77-117 (.397) all-time in St. Petersburg, worst in baseball (min. 50 games).
CAVAN BIGGIO—Collected a pair of singles to extend his on-base streak to 31 games dating back to Aug 23, 2019, the longest active streak in base-ball…marks the longest streak by a Toronto hitter since José Bautista reached base safely in 33 consecutive games from Aug 7–Sep 26, 2016.
Over his 31 game on-base streak, is batting .318 (35-for-110) with 7 HR and 20 RBI…has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, batting .352 (19-for-54) with 4 HR, 13 RBI and 13 runs over that stretch.
MATT SHOEMAKER—Did not factor in the decision in his first start since April 20, 2019 at OAK, when he suffered a left ACL and medial miniscus injury…allowed back-to-back singles with 1 out in the 1st in-ning but not another hit until Ji-Man Choi doubled in the 6th…marked his 10th consecutive start allowing 5 hits (or fewer)…was in line for the loss until Reese McGuire hit a game-tying homer in the 7th inning. Has a 1.82 ERA (26.2-IP, 6-ER) in his career against the Rays…min. 5 starts, this is the 4th-best mark all-time against the Rays behind Chuck Finley (1.12), Yu Darvish (1.54) and James Shields (1.67).ÊHas allowed 5 hits (or fewer) in four of his 5 starts against the Rays, while he has never allowed more than 3 runs against them.ÊHas a 1.90 ERA (23.2-IP, 5-ER) in 4 starts at Tropicana Field.ÊEach of his last 4 starts have come on the road, since April 9, 2019 at BOS, going 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA (20.2-IP, 6-ER) over that stretch.
REESE McGUIRE—Hit a game-tying solo homer off Pete Fairbanks in the 7th inning, his eighth career homer…three of those have been game-tying homers in the 7th inning (or later), following Aug 17, 2019 vs. SEA (off Anthony Bass) and Aug 3, 2019 at BAL (off Richard Bleier).
TEOSCAR HERNANDEZ—Went 0-for-4 to snap a 10-game hit streak.
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TOMORROW’S PROBABLE PITCHERS & GAME INFOLH Blake Snell (6-8, 4.29 in 2019) vs. TBD
Broadcast: FOX Sports Sun, WDAE 95.3 FM, WMGG 96.1 FMFirst Pitch: 1:10 p.m. Game 4 Opens: 10:10 a.m.