Kevin Kirmeier’s first hit of the season, a triple run to right-field in the 10th inning, gave the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Sunday over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Tampa Bay defensive defender made the second hit of his career after the Rays scored twice in the ninth to trigger extra opportunities, then fell back 5-4 again when Blue Jays pinch runner Santiago Espinal stole third base and scored Lourdes Gurriel Jr. … The victim will fly away from Chaz Row (1-0).
“It was a disappointing show for me … but I had a feeling that something good was about to happen,” Kirmeier said. “It was nice to see one fall at last.”
The Rays started bottom on the 10th with Kevan Smith at second base. Jose Martinez went from rookie Shun Yamaguchi to three-time Golden Gloves fielder Kirmaier finished 0-11 to start the season with a pandemic.
“Total team effort. … It speaks of determination” Rays, manager Kevin Cash.
The loss ended a troubling week for the displaced Blue Jays, who will not play home games in Toronto this season after the Canadian government banned them from playing at Rogers Center during the pandemic.
Instead, the team will play most of their home matches in Buffalo, NY, at a minor league stadium where upgrades are taking place.
Despite losing two of the three beams, the Blue Jays left Tropicana Field.
“When you lose these games, it’s hard. But I was there, at the top of the stairs, and I knew that we had played three good games. Keep your head up, ”said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. “We competed with one of the best teams in baseball. This was my message. “
Bo Bichetta’s two singles were the biggest hit in Toronto’s fourth sixth inning against Trevor Richards.
Anthony Kay pitched 2 2/3 innings to help rookie rookie Thomas Hatch, who made his major league debut for the Blue Jays. He was able to get the win until closer Ken Giles stumbled after getting two strikeouts in the ninth.
The Liberator gave two doubles to pinch striker Joey Wendle before going to Willie Adams and Yoshi Tsutsugo to load the bases. Ji-Man Choi finished it 3-1 before Giles left the game with an elbow pain.
“He got the first two outs, as always, and then Wendle had a great fight with a double,” Montoyo said. “Then his team was not there, but he looked good, he never complained or anything like that. That’s why I thought he was fine the whole time. “
Hatch got through two but missed a hit, hitting three in 2 1/3 innings.
Kay was working in the sixth inning when Choi hit the first right home run of his career and Brandon Lowe double-hitted to end Toronto’s day.
Chwa left-handed, who experimented with right-handed batting during training during spring training and summer camp, switched to the right side for two anti-abdominal bats against Kei. After hitting in the third, he drove the sixth left-hander’s first pitch over the wall in left-center field.
“The first fight we played on defense for a while, so I wasn’t really warmed up like a right-hander,” Choi said through an interpreter. “Second, I swung and the ball just traveled.”
Biggio expands the band at the base
Toronto’s Cavan Biggio singled out eighth place, expanding his streak to 32 matches, the longest active segment in major events.
CF Randal Grichuk left the game while Toronto was on defense in the sixth inning. Montoyo said his back tensed, adding that Grichuk and Giles were day in and day out.
Blake Snell, 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner, kicked off on the Rays. The left-hander, hoping to bounce off 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA last season, has pitched two assists, but has had to work with traffic jams in each.
Toronto left the bases loaded in the first and then stuck two more runners in the second. The Blue Jays finally broke through against Trevor Richards (0-1) in the sixth, starting the inning with six consecutive hits.
Manuel Margot’s field error allowed the Blue Jays’ first run to score. Danny Jansen followed the RBI single and Bichette extended the lead to 4-0 with his two-start single.
Jace won’t play home game in Buffalo until August 11
The Toronto Blue Jays will not play their home game in Buffalo, NY until next month.
The Blue Jays said Sunday that Sahlen Field will not be used for major league play until their streak against the Miami Marlins starting August 11.
Toronto is using its triple-subsidiary’s stadium as a home base this season after the federal government was denied permission to play at Rogers Center during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Blue Jays are upgrading the Buffalo Field to bring it up to major league standards.
Toronto was slated to host the Washington National for two games on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by the Philadelphia Phillies from Friday to August 2.
Instead, the five games will be played at the home stadiums of the Nationals and Phillies respectively, with Toronto designated as the home team.
The location of the Blue Jays Phillies games was announced on Sunday. The Jaces previously announced they would be staying in Washington for a couple of home games after a two-game road streak against the Nationals on Monday and Tuesday.
The Blue Jays will now play their first 16 games of a 60-game season away from Buffalo.
The Blue Jays tried to find a major league home to share with another team before the start of a 60-game season – trying both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles – but the Pennsylvania government was rejected before the clock ran out. their proposal with Maryland a few hours before the start of the season in Tampa Bay.
The Canadian government did not allow the team to play in Toronto due to the constant movement between this Canadian-US border.