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Series 41: Blue Jays @ Rays (Tues., Wed., Thurs., Aug. 22 to 24, 2017)

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Place:    Tropicana Field   Tampa Bay, FL

Tues. Aug.22
Starting Pitchers:   Chris Rowley         RH (Jays)  1-0   2.61 ERA
                             Chris Archer          RH (Rays)  6-7  3.84 ERA
Time:                     7PM
TV/Radio:               Sportsnet,  The FAN 590

Wed. Aug. 23
Starting Pitchers:     Marcus Stroman  RH (Jays)  11-6  2.99 ERA
                               Austin Pruitt        RH (Rays)  6-4   5.37 ERA
Time:                       7PM
TV/Radio:                 Sportsnet,  The FAN 590

Thurs. Aug. 24
Starting Pitchers:     J.A.Happ              LH (Jays)   6-8  3.90 ERA
                               Alex Cobb            RH (Rays)  9-8  3.80 ERA
Time:                      1PM
TV/Radio:                 Sportsnet,  The FAN 590

Source:    MLB.com


The Toronto Blue Jays now go to Tampa to face the Tampa Bay Rays.

While the Jays (59-65) have had some trouble getting wins at Tropicana Field, Toronto's most recent road trip in a three-game interleague series against the World Champion Chicago Cubs proved disastrous.

Their visit to Wrigley Field didn't provide the Jays with an iota of success in snatching a victory there, not even  with a throng of Jays faithful in the seats and  good ol' Don Cherry singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".  Yes, the Jays did manage to hold their own against the Cubs and were even on their way to a win in the third game, when everything fell apart...

...much the same way this segment of their season is proving for the Tampa Bay Rays (61-65).  The Rays have been duds at home, going 5-13, and fighting for the second WC spot.  The are currently 4 GB in that category, while their oponents, the Blue Jays are 5 GB.

This trip represents opportunity, (hey, didn't we say that against the Cubs), for the Jays to make some inroads in the A.L. WC standings, at least whatever hope there is left of hoping for that.  Er, right.



Blue Jays 5  Rays 6

Ho hum.  Yet another close loss and with their playoff hopes fading away faster than an Osuna speedball, the Blue Jays just couldn't convert for the tying run thanks, to Tampa's closer Alex Colome who earned his major league-leading 37th save.

Jays starter Chris Rowley allowed four runs after three+ innings. 
Josh Donaldson with his eleventh in twenty games and Norichika Aoki homered for the Jays.

Game recap:


Blue Jays 0  Rays 2

A day after the Jays hit six home runs in a 6-5 victory over the Rays, Tampa Bay took the rubber match and the series.

Pitching and defence shut down Toronto's offence, the opposite effect the game before when the Jays bats did the talking, though the Rays did manage to get to Jays starter Stroman, who wasn't at this best in having given up the five runs.
But the whole point is that the Jays got their victory nevertheless.

Not so in this third game where Tampa starter Alex Cobb and a combination of six relievers made good on their work to keep the Jays from reaching the scoreboard.  Of course, none of this would have been possible without some heroics from Tampa Bay's outfielder Kevin Kirkmaier, who's fielding histrionics very well saved the game for the Rays.  Ah well, you know the rest.

Jays starter Tom Koehler pitched five innings striking out seven and allowing one run.

Game recap: