For any Blue Jays fan who didn’t quite understand the curse of playing at Tropicana Field, I hope they took notes tonight.
The Rays took the first of a critical four-game series with the Jays, winning 10-5 on a night in which Jose Berrios threw 74 pitches in two innings of work. Berrios put the Jays in an early hole, which was a recipe for disaster facing the Rays, who threw a seemingly unlimited amount of left-handers out of their bullpen to slow the offense down.
The game actually started great. Following a tough loss last night, it seemed like Toronto had brushed it off and kept their heads high, as George Springer led off the game with a triple. Bo Bichette doubled him in and it was 1-0 right away. Berrios failed to establish any kind of rhythm, however, as Jose Aranda homered on the second pitch of his night. He didn’t record an out until his 19th pitch of the game, and allowed three runs in the first inning.
The Blue Jays would tie the game in the 2nd inning, as feared lefty Ryan Yarbrough allowed solo home runs to Teoscar Hernandez and Whit Merrifield. Even with the Jays tying things up, Berrios allowed another three runs in the bottom half …
Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation