Tampa Bay Rays Defeat Toronto Blue Jays 6-3

Erik Bedard Makes His Case As Teams Fifth Starter

Erik Bedard in competition with Jake Odorizzi and Cesar Ramos for the 5th spot in the Tampa Bay Rays rotation allowed three runs all earned in 4.1 innings of work on six hit striking out three and walking one.

The Blue Jays got their first run on a wind aided triple by Kevin Pillar in the second inning and he came in to score the Jays second run on a wild pitch. Bedard settled down after that and after the game said he was looking for more consistency this spring. “I think it was OK, just need to be more consistent with my off-speed and everything will be better after that.”

When Bedard was told that Joe Maddon had said that the decision on who the third starter will be will not be based on statistics he jokingly said, “that’s good because the ERA isn’t good right now.”

A quartet of relievers - Brandon Gomes, Grant Balfour, Joel Peralta and Brad Boxberger — combined to hold the Blue Jays hitless over the final 4.2 innings.

The Rays offense was keyed by a Grand Slam off the bat of Mikie Mahtook who had been summoned from minor league camp due to the split squad game.

Game Highlights:

Joe Maddon:

Tampa Bay Rays (10-4) 6, Toronto Blue Jays (6-10) 3
March 15, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
Tampa Bay 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 x 6 9 0

 

Toronto AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO PO A
Izturis, M, 2B-SS .261 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
  Nolan, SS .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lawrie, 3B .296 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
  1-Goedert, PR-3B .167 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Sierra, RF-1B .241 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Rasmus, C, CF .286 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
  Newman, LF .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Glenn, DH .600 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Pillar, LF-RF .185 4 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 2 0
Johnson, D, 1B .273 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
  Gose, CF .208 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thole, C .176 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
  Chung, C .667 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Goins, SS-2B .171 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
  Kawasaki, 2B .250 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
  Nolin, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Jenkins, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Stilson, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
  Walden, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals .263 32 3 6 1 1 0 2 1 9 24 11
1-Ran for Lawrie in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Glenn (1, Bedard).
3B: Pillar (1, Bedard).
RBI: Pillar 2 (4).
GIDP: Sierra.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.FIELDING
E: Rasmus, C (1).
DP: 2 (Izturis, M-Goins-Johnson, D, Goedert-Kawasaki-Sierra).
Tampa Bay AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO PO A
Escobar, Y, SS .450 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
  Seitzer, 1B .400 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Loney, 1B .333 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
  Price, 2B .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Longoria, 3B .364 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Rodriguez, E, C .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Forsythe, 2B-SS .190 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3
  Guevara, SS .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hanigan, C .316 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
  1-Torrez, PR-3B .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Guyer, CF .304 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
  2-Rickard, PR-CF .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Christian, LF .150 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0
  Gantt, RF .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Moore, DH .296 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Mahtook, RF .174 4 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 2 0
  Soriano, A, LF .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Bedard, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Gomes, B, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
  Balfour, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Peralta, Jo, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
  Boxberger, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals .269 30 6 9 0 0 1 6 5 1 27 8
1-Ran for Hanigan in the 5th. 2-Ran for Guyer in the 8th.
BATTING
HR: Mahtook (1, 2nd inning off Nolin, 3 on, 1 out).
RBI: Christian (2), Mahtook 4 (5), Longoria (4).
SF: Christian (off Nolin).
GIDP: Moore, Christian.
Team RISP: 3-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
DP: (Escobar, Y-Forsythe-Loney).
Toronto ERA IP H R ER BB SO HR BF
Nolin (L, 0-1) 11.81 1.2 5 5 5 3 0 1 13
Jenkins 4.05 2.1 2 1 1 0 0 0 9
Stilson 0.00 2.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 7
Walden 0.00 2.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 7
Totals 5.15 8.0 9 6 6 5 1 1 36
Tampa Bay ERA IP H R ER BB SO HR BF
Bedard (W, 2-1) 7.15 4.1 6 3 3 0 2 0 18
Gomes, B 0.00 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 5
Balfour 13.50 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
Peralta, Jo 2.45 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4
Boxberger (S, 1) 1.80 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Totals 3.06 9.0 6 3 3 1 9 0 33
Team ER: off Toronto 6, off Tampa Bay 3.
BB: off Nolin 3 (Forsythe, Moore, Forsythe), Stilson (Christian), Walden (Moore), off Peralta, Jo (Lawrie).
SO: by Walden (Torrez), by Bedard 2 (Thole, Johnson, D), Gomes, B 2 (Rasmus, C, Glenn), Balfour (Pillar), Peralta, Jo (Sierra), Boxberger 3 (Newman, Glenn, Pillar).
WP: Bedard.
Umpires: HP: Clint Fagan. 1B: Brian O’Nora. 2B: Jeff Gosney. 3B: Ryan Blakney.
Official Scorer: Carli Todd.
Weather: 76 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to LF.
T: 2:27.
Att: 5,469.
Venue: Charlotte Sports Park.
March 15, 2014

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