Congratulations to Kevin Herget: Rays 2, Blue Jays 7

After profitable Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader in suspenseful type, the Rays despatched Yonny Chirinos to the mound for his first giant league get started since August 2020. Last week, Chirinos got here out of the bullpen in his first look of the season towards Boston. He threw 3 scoreless innings, permitting 4 hits, one stroll, and hanging out 4.

There was once additionally roster information in between video games, with Brandon Lowe heading again to the injured record with a again factor, the similar harm that saved him at the shelf for many of the summer season months. René Pinto was once known as up and can function the 3rd catcher at the lively roster.

Alek Manoah was once scheduled to get started the sooner sport, however a abdomen trojan horse driven him again to the overdue sport. Manoah has constructed upon his spectacular rookie season, throwing 171 innings with a 2.42 ERA, which ranks fourth within the American League.

Both starters leaned on their sinkers and were given during the first two innings with relative ease. Then, a slumping Ji-Man Choi smacked a dangling 3-2 slider into the second one stage out in proper box for a solo house run. It was once most effective Choi’s 3rd house run for the reason that All-Star Break and the Rays’ first since September sixth.

In the highest of the fourth, Randy Arozarena stole his thirtieth base of the season, being the primary Ray since Mallex Smith in 2018 to achieve that overall. He nonetheless sits at 19 house runs, and yet another would give him his 2d consecutive 20/20 season.

The Blue Jays threatened with runners in scoring place in each the 3rd and fourth innings, however Chirinos was once ready to stay them off the board. He began the 5th, however after hitting the leadoff guy Matt Chapman, Cash grew to become the sport over to the bullpen.

Garrett Cleavinger got here in and retired 3 immediately Blue Jays to end the inning. He got here again out for the 6th and allowed a leadoff double to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He were given Bo Bichette to floor out, which moved Guerrero Jr. to 3rd, after which was once lifted for every other lefty, Jalen Beeks. An RBI groundout from Alejandro Kirk tied the sport at one apiece going into the 7th inning.

It didn’t take lengthy for the Rays to retake their lead, with Jonathan Aranda hitting his first profession house run to lead off the 7th. The rookie despatched Manoah’s trade up the other manner, getting simply sufficient for it to raise over the left box wall.

Keeping with the theme of lefty relievers, Colin Poche was once subsequent to input the sport. The inning began with a four-pitch stroll to pinch hitter Santiago Espinal, which briefly despatched Cash to the bullpen telephone to get Jason Adam warming. Poche adopted that up by way of hanging out Matt Chapman. His command persevered to be a subject within the subsequent at bat as he threw two wild pitches en course to strolling Danny Jansen, giving Toronto runners at the corners with only one out.

Whit Merrifield doubled in two runs to make it 3-2 Blue Jays, and George Springer’s two-run homer gave them a three-run lead. I’m no longer certain Cash was once making plans on going to Adam, however after the Springer blast, it was once not vital. Instead, he introduced in Kevin Herget to make his long-awaited giant league debut. Congrats, Kevin Herget.

The Rays threatened once more within the 8th inning with two singles from Harold Ramírez and Isaac Paredes, however with two outs and Aranda arising, the Blue Jays grew to become to their nearer Jordan Romano. Despite the handedness merit, Cash introduced in Yandy Díaz to pinch hit for Aranda. Díaz grounded right into a fielder’s selection to finish the inning.

(*7*)The Blue Jays added two extra insurance coverage runs off of Herget within the 8th, however they didn’t truly want to. Zach Pop got here in to end off the sport within the 9th and allowed a stroll however not anything else. Blue Jays win 7-2.

Sweeping a doubleheader towards the Blue Jays was once at all times going to be tricky, however I feel it’s truthful to query Cash for no longer pulling Poche earlier than the lead vanished, and for taking away Aranda within the 8th inning. The Rays nonetheless sit down conveniently within the 3rd AL Wild Card spot, however website hosting postseason video games within the first spherical is turning into extra not likely. There are nonetheless two extra video games in Toronto this week earlier than the Rays go back house to take at the Rangers. Tomorrow, Drew Rasmussen will take the mound, going up towards Ross Stripling.

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