Game 83: Rays at Toronto Blue Jays — Pregame News and Notes
Updated 12:45 p.m. After an 11–1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday in Buffalo, the Rays will look to end their road woes on Saturday afternoon. Tampa Bay (47–35) has dropped the team’s last four games overall, three on the current five-game road trip. Over the course of the last two stretches away from Tropicana Field, the Rays have dropped the team’s last nine road contests.
Here’s the Rays lineup for Saturday:
In the last two games, Tampa Bay has allowed double digits in runs scored. In July 2018, the Rays actually gave up 10 or more runs in three straight games at Baltimore, a team that won dropped 115 games that year, a season where Tampa Bay also won 90. The Rays are 5–3 against Toronto this year. The Blue Jays (42–38) have won nine of 12.
Shane McClanahan (3–2 4.09) will make his 12th start, and second against Toronto. McClanahan has gone at least six innings in consecutive starts. Last time out, he gave up three runs in six innings in a 13–3 win over the Angels at Tropicana Field. McClanahan faced Toronto on May 22nd, and gave up one run over five innings in a 3–1 victory.
The Rays optioned Luis Patino after Friday’s start. Tampa Bay has activated INF Taylor Walls from the injured list.
Here’s the lineup against the Rays:
The Blue Jays also have optioned catcher Riley Adams and activated catcher Danny Jansen from the injured list.
Ross Stripling (3–4 4.27) will get the ball for the Blue Jays. Stripling has allowed three runs or fewer in three straight starts, and gave up two runs in five innings against Baltimore in his most recent outing. On May 24th, Stripling threw seven shutout innings in relief against the Rays, a game Tampa Bay won 14–8 in 11 innings.
In the Rays minor league system, all of the organization’s affiliates won on Friday night:
On the minor league side yesterday
Durham (34–17) won 9–7 over Braves affiliate Gwinnett. Vidal Brujan had two hits and three RBI while Dalton Kelly had a three-hit game.
Montgomery (24–26) downed the Mississippi Braves 3–1. Cal Stevenson hit a three-run homer and four pitchers combined to allow an unearned run on four hits.
Bowling Green (34–16) defeated Greensboro 6–3. John Doxakis gave up an unearned run on one hit over five innings. Niko Hulsizer, Grant Witherspoon and Jordan Qsar homered.
Charleston (35–15) routed Kannapolis 11–5. Curtis Mead three hits and his third homer in the past two games.
Rays (3–1) edged the Braves 7–6. Sandy Gaston threw four hitless innings, walking three and striking out seven. Logan Driscoll had three hits and two RBI in a rehab assignment.
Coverage on the Rays Radio Network begins at 2:30 p.m. and Dave and Andy will have the call with first pitch at 3:07. Join us at the Deck Bar & Grille in Isla Del Sol for a Rays Watch Party.