David Prce Dominates Blue Jays Lineup As Team Returns To Rays Way
The Tampa Bay Rays received a strong outing from David Price who worked into the eighth inning and departed with the Rays ahead 6-2.
His final line read 7.1 innings, two earned runs on six hits while striking out six and walking one. The only mistake he made was a two-seam fastball that he left up to Jays pinch hitter Erik Kratz who launched a 2-run home run. “It was definitely a mistake on my part, Especially not knowing the guy, knowing he’s coming off the bench – and him being six-foot five – as big as he is I know he’s not trying to hit the ball in the four hole.: Price said. “He’s definitely looking for a fastball.”
After Kratz hit the home run Price struck out Ryan Goins before departing. Joel Peralta came in and struck out Melky Cabrera and retired Jose Bautista on a foul fly out to Yunel Escobar to end the innings. Brandon Gomes worked a scoreless ninth inning allowing a hit.
The Rays solid defense didn’t wait around to reveal itself as Jose Reyes sent a sinking line drive on the third pitch of the game to shallow center field where Desmond Jennings made a spectacular diving catch for the first out of the game. Not only did Reyes get robbed of a base hit on the play he also was forced to leave the game as he injured his hamstring running to first base.
The Jays posed a threat in the top of the third inning when Colby Rasmus drew a leadoff walk and Maicer Izturis singled to put runners at first and second with nobody out. Josh Thole sent a ground ball to Evan Longoria who fired a seed to Ben Zobrist at 2nd who fired on to first to complete the double play. With Rasmus at third and 2-out Price retired Ryan Goins on a ground out to third to end the threat.
Last season R.A. Dickey made six starts against the Rays and had a record of 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA and held them to a .187 (29 for 155) batting average against. As a member of the New York Mets in 2012 he came to Tropicana Field and nearly no-hit the Rays allowing just one run on one hit while striking out a dozen.
The Rays exacted a bit of revenge against the knuckleballer knocking him out of the game after just five innings in which he allowed six runs (all earned) on five hits striking out four and walking six.
The Rays offense was led by Wil Myers who had 3 hits, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. His night included a crazy infield single tapped back to Jays pitcher Esmil Rogers that resulted in his racing around the bases to drive in Brandon Guyer from first base.
Ben Zobrist went hitless but was on-base three times via the walk and Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce, and Evan Longoria each had a pair of hits apiece . Matt Joyce drove in three runs with his pair of hits and after the game said that he is just trying not to do to much.
Joe Maddon has stressed that he wants his team to be more aggressive on the bases. This doesn’t have to show itself in stolen base but can be seen in going first to third, second to home, etc.
The Rays Desmond Jennings showed an example of the more aggressive approach by getting into scoring taking second base on a sacrifice fly. Later he came around to score on a bang bang play at the plate with a nice slide around the catcher.
James Loney showed initiative by taking advantage of a moment and stealing a base to put himself into scoring position. Unfortunately he was thrown out at the plate trying to score but the aggressiveness was evident.
Jose Reyes left the game after just one plate appearance in the first inning and was placed on the disabled list.
David DeJesus left the game after being hit on the foot by a pitch. He had x-rays which were negative and his status is day to day.
Alex Cobb will take on Drew Hutchinson at 7:05