In what was easily the season’s most exciting series thus far, the Blue Jays, despite mounting two incredible comebacks in games one and two, lost this weekend’s series to the first-place(!) Tampa Bay Rays.
Thanks to some great pitching and timely hitting, the boys in blue were able to take a single game, but floundered in the finale and were out-pitching and out-hit through most of the series.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from the first of many series against Tampa:
On the hill, Thomas Pannone (4.0 IP, 5 SO, 0 H, 0 BB) was outstanding, thanks chiefly to an immaculate inning in Sunday’s finale. Marcus Stroman (4.0 IP, 5 SO, 4 BB, E, 0 ER) was also decent while new Blue Jay Clay Buchholz (6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 SO, 0 BB, 1.00 WHIP) was stellar in his debut. Encouragingly, the starting pitching remained, for the most part, solid.
Freddy Galvis (3-for-14, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) had himself yet another solid series while Alen Hanson (2-for-9, RBI, BB), Billy McKinney (3-for-9, HR, 2 2B), and Luke Maile (3-for-6, BB) showed signs of life at the dish.
Many of the team’s most disappointing hitters, namely Brandon Drury (0-for-7, 6 SO) and …
Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation