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Live Game Thread: Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays


TB: Chris Archer (3-2, 4.11 ERA) vs TOR: Liam Hendricks (1-0, 1.59 ERA)

After securing their fifth straight series victory the Toronto Blue Jays look to win their ninth game in a row. This has been an historical month of May for the Blue Jays especially for slugger Edwin Encarnacion who tied a franchise record of most homeruns hit in a single month with 14 last night.

This is where Toronto can really slay some demons. Tampa Bay has been a team who seem to just beat up on the Blue Jays year after year. In order for Toronto to prove to themselves and to fans that they are not a one-month-wonder they have to beat a Tampa Bay team that have owned them in recent years. It is hard enough to sweep any major league team but to have a 8-game win steak on the line as well will prove Toronto’s mental toughness.

Chris Archer will be on the mound for Tampa Bay who is coming off a six inning of shutout baseball against the Boston Red Sox. Archer earned his first victory of the season against the Blue Jays where he went six strong innings and allowed only two earn runs.

Liam Hendricks will be making his second start for Toronto tonight. Hendricks was called up in the middle of this winning streak to take over the rotation spot that Dustin McGowan left vacant after he returned to the bullpen.  In his season debut Liam went 5.2 innings and allowed only a earn run to a Oakland team who is one of the best teams in the AL.

Is it possible for Toronto to extend their win streak to nine games and reach 10 games over .500? Join the discussion starting game time with myself as we discuss the Blue Jays.

Tampa Bay Rays’ Lineup (via Tampa Bay’s Twitter account)

Toronto Blue Jays’ Lineup (via Shi Davidi)


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  • Baqi Amin

    I think Liam Hendricks won’t be as lucky with the rays, and sadly I think the winning streak will come to an end tonight

    • Jason Ramnauth

      Well winning nine straight is difficult, and the way Chris Archer pitches against us is going to factor in this

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Bautista bloops one and Reyes goes first to third, runners on the corners

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Where is everyone in Toronto?

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Lind walks to load the bases for Edwin……

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Edwin bloops on into right scores the Joses, both Reyes and Bautista score

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Myers ties it with a homer

  • Jason Ramnauth

    ANTHONY GOSE MAKES A CATCH AT THE TOP OF THE WALL TO PRESERVE THE TIE AND END THE TOP OF THE THIRD

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Liam and Chris settled downed a bit going into the bottom of the fourth

  • Jason Ramnauth

    I think Melky just flew as he refusd to be out done by Gose as jumped up the wall to steal a hit from Tampa Bay

  • Jason Ramnauth

    NOW BRETT LAWRIE MAKES A HIGHLIGHT PLAY THROWING OUT SEAN FROM SHORT RIGHT FIELD

  • Jason Ramnauth

    This pitching duel is giving me heart burn

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Rob Rasmussen is in to replace Liam

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Rodriguez doubles and Dustin McGowan now in to pitch to Myers

    • Jason Ramnauth

      Correction Joyce doubled

  • Jason Ramnauth

    McGowan escapes the inning. Still tired

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Joel peralta in now for the Raya

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Lind strikes out looking with two on to end the seventh

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Top nine tied at two still