TORONTO BLUE JAYS 6, TAMPA BAY RAYS 5
Friday, August 21, 2020 Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Win: Hatch (1-1) Loss: Loup (3-1) Save: Romano (1)
First Pitch: 6:42 p.m. Temps: 72-in, 79-out Attendance: — Time of Game: 3:31
TORONTO BLUE JAYS NOTES
THE WIN—The Blue Jays have won six consecutive games, extending
their season high and their longest streak since July 2-8, 2016 (7)…are a
season-high 2 games over .500, their most since the end of play on May
12, 2018 (21-19)…are 2.5 GB of the Rays and Yankees in the division.
— Improved to 3-4 in extras and 7-3 in 1-run games this season.
— During their 6-game winning streak, the Blue Jays are outscoring
opponents, 38-26, batting .290/.350/.500 and have hit 11 HR…they
have multiple homers in five of their last 6 games and have 27 HR
in their last 10 games (starting with their 7-HR game on Aug 12).
— This was the fourth game in Blue Jays history that both teams had
a least a 5-game winning streak, and the Blue Jays improved to 3-1
in those games (also won on May 16, 2011 and May 1, 1985).
— The Blue Jays won all three series openers against the Rays.
MATT SHOEMAKER—Yielded three 1-out hits and a walk in the 1st inning but escaped with just 1 run allowed and settled in to retire 13 of
his last 14 BF…was the beneficiary of a Lourdes Gurriel Jr. assist to nab
Yandy Díaz attempting to score from 1st base on a Ji-Man Choi double in
the 1st…the exit velocity on his 2 HR allowed were 104.8 mph and 103.3
mph, according to StatCast, while the other 2 hits were registered at 67.3
mph and 69.9 mph…has a 2.56 ERA (38.2-IP, 11-ER) in seven starts against
the Rays…marked his third time this season allowing multiple homers.
VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR.—His 2nd-inning homer left the bat at an
estimated speed of 115.9 mph, according to StatCast…the three-hardest
hit home runs by the Blue Jays in the StatCast era (since 2015) have all
been in the last 10 days: Rowdy Tellez (117.4) on Thurs vs. PHI, Teoscar
Hernández (115.9) on Aug 12 vs. MIA and Guerrero tonight…marked the
hardest-hit homer and the 6th-hardest batted ball of his career.
— The homer had a launch angle of 16°, the lowest on a homer in his
career… .was the lowest on a homer in the majors (excluding inside-the-park) since ARI Ketel Marte on July 29, 2019 at MIA (15°).
TEOSCAR HERNÁNDEZ—His 9 HR through 24 games are the 2nd-most
by a Blue Jay in club history, behind Carlos Delgado (10) in 2001…is batting .357 (10-for-28) with 3 HR against the Rays this season.
CAVAN BIGGIO—Hit a go-ahead RBI double in the 10th inning, his first career extra-innings hit and RBI and only his second career go-ahead RBI
in the 8th inning or later…has recorded a hit in 10 consecutive games
against the Rays, batting .359 (14-for-39) over that stretch.
JORDAN ROMANO—Recorded his first career save.
Tm. Batter # Distance Type Field Count Pitcher Inn. Score
TB Brandon Lowe 9 404 ft. solo right field 1-1 Matt Shoemaker 1st 1-0, TB
TOR Teoscar Hernández 9 427 ft. solo left-center 0-1 Ryan Yarbrough 2nd 1-1
TOR Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 4 390 ft. solo left field 1-0 Ryan Yarbrough 2nd 2-1, TOR
TB Yandy Díaz 2 426 ft. solo left-center 2-0 Matt Shoemaker 3rd 4-2, TOR
TOMORROW’S PROBABLE PITCHERS
RH Aaron Slegers (0-0, 11.25) vs. LH Hyun Jin Ryu (2-1, 3.46)
Broadcast: FOX Sports Sun, WDAE 95.3 FM/620 AM, WGES 680 AM (Sp.)
TAMPA BAY RAYS NOTES
THE LOSS—The Rays snapped a 5-game winning streak, which was one
shy of matching their season high…they lost for only the second time in
their last 13 games, and fell to 2-2 in extra-inning games and 5-3 in 1-run
games this season…at 17-10, they are tied with the Yankees (16-9) for 1st
place in the AL East (pct. points behind)…with the loss, the Rays snapped
their best 12-game stretch (11-1) since Aug 29–Sep 10, 2019 (11-1) and failed
to match the best 13-game stretch in club history (last July 6-22, 2013).
— The Rays have allowed 5 runs (or more) seven times in 11 games
since the start of the last road trip…they have allowed 35 HR this
season, their most through the first 27 games since 2007 (37).
— The Rays have allowed 13 HR in 7 games against the Blue Jays.
— The Rays have hit multiple homers in six consecutive games…the
club record is seven straight (2x-last July 27–Aug 4, 2019).
— The Rays began a 7-game homestand and dropped to 8-4 at home
this season and 23-6 (.793) at Tropicana Field since Aug 21, 2019.
— The Rays trailed 4-1 but tied it in the 6th before losing in extras…
failed to record their 10th come-from-behind win this season.
— The Rays lost all three series openers against the Blue Jays.
RYAN YARBROUGH—Matched season-highs with 6.1 IP and 6 SO but extended his career-long winless streak to 14 games, going 0-6 with a 5.03
ERA (73.1-IP, 41-ER) over that stretch…struck out all 3 BF in the 1st inning
but allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, including back-to-back homers, in the 2nd
before settling down to retire 11 of his next 13 BF, including a 5-pitch 4th…
allowed a pair of singles to start the 7th then struck out Santiago Espinal,
his last batter faced…allowed consecutive homers for the second time in
his career, following June 16, 2018 at NYY (5th inning, Giancarlo Stanton
and Gary Sánchez)…remains winless in his last 11 apps (9 starts) at Tropicana Field, going 0-4 with a 5.03 ERA (59-IP, 33-ER) over that stretch.
— Pitched into the 7th inning for the second time this season, following July 30 at ATL (6.1 IP)—no other Rays starter has done so once.
— In the 1st inning, struck out the side for only the third time in his
career and the first time since Aug 20, 2018 vs. KC (4th inning).
— Threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of 27 BF (70.4 pct.) and has thrown
first-pitch strikes to 68.2 pct. (90 of 132) of batters faced this season.
— Allowed nine batted balls with an exit velocity of 95+ mph—entered the game with the 5th-lowest avg. exit velocity in the majors.
BRANDON LOWE—Has 6 HR in his last 9 games (8 starts) and 9 HR in
his last 19 games…has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .386
(17-for-44) with 7 HR and 15 RBI over that stretch…his 9 HR through 27
games are tied for 4th in Rays history and the most since Carlos Peña (11)
in 2009…batting .478 (12-for-27) with 3 HR this season against Toronto.
YANDY DÍAZ—Has homered in consecutive games for the second time
in his career, also doing so July 16-18, 2019 at NYY…is batting .390 (16-for41) with 2 HR and 12 RBI in his last 11 games…reached base in all 5 PA, the
second time in his career he reached five times (or more) without recording an out, following Aug 24, 2017 vs. BOS (with CLE).
JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ—His pinch-hit, 2-run double tied the game in the 6th
inning, his first game-tying or go-ahead RBI since a 2-run double on Sep
25, 2019 at ARI (with STL)…is batting .319 (29-for-91) in his career as a
pinch-hitter, the 3rd-best average in the majors since 2016 (min. 50 AB).