Snell Retires All 15-Batters He Faces
The Rays were not in a close 1-run game for a change nor were they on the wrong end of the score shutting out the Blue Jays 7-0.
Blake Snell, Jake Faria, and Jaime Schultz combined for the shutout. Snell (13-5, 2.18 ERA) retired all 15 batters he faced in picking up the victory. He only needed 47 pitches to record the 15 outs, including six by strikeout.
There was mild concern that Snell, making his second start since coming off the disable list, may have been removed due to a flare up of the shoulder issue that hampered him or another injury. This was not the case, he was removed because he had completed five innings.
“Five ups. The challenge is to get him deeper into ball games, but Kyle [Snyder] comfort level and my comfort level just given the time that he’s had off was enough.” Kevin Cash said. “We’ll look for six or seven ups next time but he was outstanding while he was out there.”
Jake Faria followed Snell and was equally effective tossing three scoreless frames allowing just three hits, a walk, while striking out three. Jaime Schultz worked a scoreless ninth retiring the Jays’ in order. Remarkably, Snell, Faria, and Schultz only needed 103 pitches to dispose of the Jays.
The 7-0 win ends a streak of six consecutive one-run games for Tampa Bay as they improve their record on the year to 59-57. It was a big win for the Rays who are embarking on a 9-game road trip. Since May 31, Tampa Bay is just 8-20 on the road, the second worst record in the league behind only the Kansas City Royals.
Marco Estrada (5-9, 4.84 ERA) takes the loss for Toronto as he allowed five earned runs in 5.1-innings of work. The loss drops the Blue Jays to 52-63 on the season. They are 1-6 against Tampa Bay this season.
The Kids Are All Right:
Michael Perez got the Rays on the scoreboard belting his first career homer, a 2-run shot, in the top of the third inning. Perez finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Willy Adames finished the evening 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored. He is batting .391 (9-for-23) in his last seven games (6 starts).
Joey Wendle continues to do a little of everything. He started at third base giving Matt Duffy the night off and made a nice catch in foul territory. He reached base four times going 1-for-3 and got hit by a pitch. Additionally, he drove in three runs including two on an opposite field double.
Mallex Smith finished the night 1-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored. He also drew a walk. Since moving into the leadoff spot on August 5th he’s batting .444 (8-for-18).
Ji-Man Choi, although not one of the kids on the roster, delivered his fifth homer of the season in the sixth inning. He entered the game mired in a 2-for-19 slump and finished the night 1-for-4 with a homer.
Up Next For Rays:
Tampa Bay and Toronto will play the second game of their three game set on Saturday afternoon at 4:07. Tampa Bay will more than likely turn to Ryne Stanek (1-3, 2.56 ERA) as the opener. Toronto will counter with Sam Gaviglio (2-4, 5.08 ERA).