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Blue Jays LIVE Game Thread vs Tampa Bay Rays


Welcome to tonight’s Blue Jays LIVE Game thread vs Tampa Bay Rays!

 

Tonight, the Blue Jays will try for their 8th (!) win in a row and help Mark Buehrle win his 9th game of the season. Over the last week or so, there has been a lot of buzz around the Blue Jays. Die hard fans are being vindicated while fair weather fans are cheering louder. It’s a great time to be a Blue Jays fan. Nevermind that it is only the end of May!

There are still 4 months of baseball to play. But, who cares?! The Blue Jays are in first place in the toughest division in pro sports! Period.

RADIO: SN590 The Fan
TV: SNET

The Blue Jays will send Mark Buehrle to the mound to continue the team’s good fortunes. I am a little surprised that more has not been made about the phenomenal start Buehrle has put together. Maybe it isn’t getting the attention some other pitcher’s success might because we are waiting for Buehrle to come back down to his career norms. When the Blue Jays first acquired him, the positives were that he is consistent. You know what you’re going to get. The negative is also that he is consistent. So, there are those who expect that his numbers will come back down.

To be honest, it’ll take a REALLY bad patch for that to happen. I don’t want to be around if and when it does happen. Man, people will be upset!

 

Tonight might actually be a good night for Buehrle to continue his hot season. He is up against a Rays team that is struggling to score runs. As well, he is 9-5 life time against the Rays. The Rays’ hitters have seen lots of Buehrle over the years. David DeJesus has the most at bats against him (25) while Evan Longoria has had the most success. Longoria has a .421 average in 19 at bats with a homerun and 5 RBI.

 

The Rays will counter with the newly activated Alex Cobb. His first start after coming off the DL was against the Oakland A’s. He went 6 2/3 innings in the Rays’ win. The Jays will be in tough against Cobb. Lifetime, he has the edge with a 2-1 record and a 2.95 ERA. The Blue Jays hitters don’t have a whole lot of experience against Cobb either. Melky Cabrera has the most at bats with just 6. And, this longball happy Jays lineup has not hit a homerun against him.

 

Tamp Bay Rays lineup:

 

Toronto Blue Jays lineup:

 

Feel free to join the conversation below. Leave your thoughts, rants, insights, comments, observations, whatevers below. Let’s have some fun!

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    Reyes with a 2 out walk in the 6th

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    Reyes steals 2nd. Tries for 3rd. Cabrera “Melks” a single up the middle to keep Reyes running home. 7-3 Jays. Rays intentionally walk Joseph Bats to get to Lind.

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    Maddon’s move doesn’t work. Lind hits a comebacker off the pitcher’s glove. Safe all around. Bases loaded. 2 out

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    Boxburger (new Rays pitcher) with a balk to bring in the 8th run. Change his name to BALKSburger

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    Buehrle out for the 7th

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    Delabar ready in the bullpen.

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    Joyce grounds out to score Loney. 8-4 Jays. Gibby pulls Buehrle. Delabar on. Buehrle in line for his 9th win!

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    Buehrle’s final line: 6.2IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 1BB, 3K

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    J-Frank just hit his 9th HR! Almost the same spot as Lind’s!

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    9-4 Jays

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    Delabar gives up two runs: walk, triple, sac fly. Cecil in with 2 out. Top 8 9-6 Jays

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    To the bottom of the 8th. 9-6 Jays

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    Reyes lines out to start the bottom of the 8th

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    Janssen and Rasmussen up in the bullpen.

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    Joseph Bats hits an infield single off home plate. 1 on, 2 out. Lind up

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    Lind grounds out. To the top of 9. Jays up 9-6

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    Janssen in for the save!

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    Bautista robs a catch from Tolleson for the 2nd out. Who cares? Outs are outs.

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    Janssen K’s DeJesus to close out the game! Final: 9-6 Jays!