Blue Jays Put Up a Stinker Against Rays
Perhaps it’s best the Blue Jays sweep that one under the rug and let it be mentioned never again.
The hope for the club, of course, is that the 9-2 crushing at the hands of the lowly Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre is a one-off.
Locked in a battle for first place in the American League East with the Baltimore Orioles — the Jays and Orioles were tied for first heading into Tuesday, with the O’s playing late in Oakland versus the Athletics — Toronto can’t afford many off nights in the final two months of the regular season.
A crowd of 43,134 watched as the Jays were defensively mediocre behind starter Marco Estrada (7-5) and got no support from the bullpen on a night it was required. By the time Brett Cecil faced the minimum three batters in the ninth, it didn’t matter.
The offence wasn’t exactly sparkling, either, against a Rays team that is 20 games under .500.