Blue Jays lose defensive showdown with Rays in game two of three-game series
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
The Blue Jays were looking to win their fifth game in a row, and maintain their slim lead in the American League (AL) wild-card standings, in their second of a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday (September 14).
It was Tampa Bay that got on the board first, as Ji-man Choi hit a solo home run in the top of the second, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead.
The score would remain the same, until Tampa Bay added some insurance in the top of the eighth courtesy of a solo shot from Brandon Lowe.
Facing a two-run deficit in the home-half of the ninth inning, the Blue Jays were unable to muster any offense, as they were retired in order, and lost 2-0.
It was only the third time all season the Blue Jays have been shut out in a game, the last time it happened was on July 23 against the New York Mets.
Jose Berrios took the mound for Toronto, and played great—he gave up just four hits and one earned run against four strikeouts in seven innings of work.
However, the Rays pitching staff collectively was just a little better, giving up only three combined hits to a Blue Jays offense that has been lethal so far in the month of September.
With the loss, the Blue Jays fall to 81-64 on the season, but they remain in control of the first wild-card spot in the AL.
Both teams will be looking to take the series in game three on Wednesday. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:07 p.m.