Blue Jays drop fifth straight, and with it lose Springer

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer

@stefanluciani_

Friday, May 13, 2022


Final Score: 5-2

Things just aren’t going right for the Toronto Blue Jays right now. Coming into Tampa Bay after a night off, many had high hopes they’d be able to snap the funk they currently find themselves in, but a pair of Brandon Lowe triples mixed with Manuel Margot’s go-ahead single, helped see the Rays to a 5-2 victory Friday night. 

 

Prior to the game, George Springer called a players-only meeting in an attempt to inspire, a very uninspired and frustrated Blue Jays team at the moment.

 

“This is a young team,” he said before the game. “That's not an excuse, but sometimes they're going to go through growing pains and you've got to learn to fight through stuff and face a little bit of adversity and all that good stuff to come out better on the other side.”

 

Unfortunately for Toronto, the pep talk did not produce results. 

 

If that wasn’t enough, the Blue Jays also lost Springer after an awkward collision with the wall in attempting to track down the first of Lowe’s triples. He would stay in the game temporarily before leaving following his next at-bat and would not return as the team stated he had suffered a sprained ankle, giving no timeline for his return just yet.

 

Kevin Gausman got the nod for the Jays in the Bay and delivered another solid performance despite picking up the loss. The righty lasted seven complete innings, surrendering four runs on five hits while striking out eight and giving up just one walk. The Rays went with Drew Rasmussen opposite him who himself displayed quite the showing going 5 2/3 innings giving up just one run on three hits.

 

The Rays got out ahead early as Lowe’s second-inning triple had him in scoring position before Ji-man Choi brought him home on a fielder’s choice.

 

They extended their lead in the fifth thanks to a Mike Zunino single that brought around Kevin Kiermaier to make it 2-0. The birds battled back though as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. got them on the board with an RBI single in the following frame to cut the deficit to just one. Shortly thereafter in the eighth, Raimel Tapia would slap an RBI single for himself to knot this one up at 2-2.

 

The bottom of the eight got away from Toronto a bit though, as Margot brought around the go-ahead run on an RBI single, followed up by a Francisco Mejia RBI to grab a 4-2 lead. The nail was put in the coffin with Lowe’s second triple of the night to bring around Mejia and with it, a 5-2 lead. 

 

The Jays would be unable to ignite a late comeback as the loss makes it five straight for a struggling Blue Jays team at the moment. 

 

INJURY REPORT

Blue Jays: OF George Springer (ankle sprain) suffered the injury in the second inning, before leaving shortly after following his groundout to third. A further assessment will be completed ahead of Saturday’s matchup. 

C Danny Jansen (oblique strain) is with the team in St. Petersburg and is expected to be nearing a return, potentially as early as their second matchup with the Rays on Saturday.

 

Rays: No notable updates. 

 

LOOK AHEAD 

The Jays will look to snap their season-worst five-game skid on Saturday as lefty Hyun Jin Ryu (0-0, 13.50 ERA) is set to make his return following a stint on the IL. He’ll look to turn things around after what had been a poor start to the season with first pitch at just after 6pm ET.