What almost seemed like a miracle, the Jays came back from an eight-run deficit to within one but was unable to get that tying run in the end, fall 11-7 to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Not even able to get on base in the first four innings and then having a random hitting parade with everything going their way — this might have been the weirdest game of the season so far.
Down 8-0 until the bottom of the seventh, where they were able to have a six-run inning, the Jays were able to try and mount the comeback and was just one single ball from tying it up.
Not even mentioning two home runs each from Austin Meadows and Brandon Lowe from the Rays would be weird, especially considering that they were sent into the upper deck and looked like insane bombs. Those gave the Rays that eight-run lead.
This was a wild one, folks.
- In 2019 Jays fashion, they were left without a hit through the first four innings and we’re even able to get on base through the first four. Only 38 pitches were needed for the Rays to get through the first 12 outs. The Jays got their first walk from Grichuk in the fifth and Urena was able to hit a two-out single later that inning. Urena tried to stretch it to a double, but after video review was called out.
- The Elvis Luciano Experiment continued this game — finishing with one inning pitched with two earned runs, two hits, and two walks. Truly, what do you expect from a child pitching in the major leagues? This whole situation is so weird.
- In the bottom of the seventh, the Jays were finally able to get some hits and runs. Smoak walked, Grichuk singled, and then Hernandez hit a zero-out double to score Smoak. After that, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was able to hit a double that was able to score both Grichuk and Hernandez. With just one out in the inning, things got really wild. Alen Hanson hit a single (yeah, I know), and Luke Maile was able to hit an opposite-field home run on the first pitch he faced, this was able to cut an 8-0 Tampa lead to just 8-6.
- They were almost able to crawl their way completely back, sparking the loudest I’ve seen the Rogers Centre since Kevin Pillar was introduced on opening day. Urena was able to hit an RBI single off an error by first baseman Ji-Man Choi, cutting the lead to 8-7. Unfortunately, that would be as close as they came. They even intentionally walked Hanson (weird), and Luke Maile was given a 3-0 count but was dealt three straight strikes by Diego Castillo with some nasty sliders.
- Adames hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to spread the lead to 11-7 and absolutely killed any hope for the Jays to come back.
- The Rays started very, extremely, Rays-y — Justin Smoak with a two-out at-bat after two strikeouts dealt to McKinney and Galvis. He faced opener Stanek as they moved to have four outfielders, and proceeded to hit right into it with a popout to center field that might have been a double had it been just three outfielders.
- Lead-off hitter for the night, Austin Meadows, hit two solo home runs in the first three innings and Brandon Lowe joined him with two home runs of his own. The 23-year-old outfielder’s second home run was hit for 436 feet and into the upper deck at the Rogers Centre — but Rowdy still hit it farther obviously and not completely broke Statcast.
- At the top of the third, the Rays were able to extend their lead to 5-0 by hitting a cycle ALREADY. Brandon Lowe hit a two-run home run that went into the upper deck as well and Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run triple on a line drive to right field. Definitely the most helpless inning the Jays have had this season so far, looking absolutely lost out there and adding opposing runs like it’s nothing.
- The Dirty Greasy Rays and their opener Ryne Stanek finished after two innings, striking out three and allowing no hits in just 22 pitches.
- Trent Thornton was pulled out after allowing eight hits, two walks, and five earned runs in just three innings and 70 pitches. After dominating for two outings to start the season with his new team, the 25-year-old had an extremely rough game to start this series against the Rays. Leave it to the Rays to ruin one of the only things we get to cheer for this season. Sam Gaviglio came in relief of Thornton and pitched for three innings and allowed just two hits and one earned run while striking out two in just 36 pitches. So after six innings, it all balanced out — sorta.