MLB Game Recap - Tampa Bay at Toronto
Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

BAL
9
BOS
4
F
MIN
4
KC
3
F
TB
1
TOR
4
F
DET
1
CHW
7
F
CLE
7
WAS
10
F
LAD
2
SF
0
F
MIA
3
PHI
9
F
CIN
4
PIT
2
F(12)
DET
4
CHW
3
F
CHC
8
STL
6
F
ATL
0
NYM
3
F
NYY
4
TEX
9
F
SD
5
ARI
6
F
MIL
2
COL
3
F(10)
HOU
6
LAA
3
F
OAK
1
SEA
0
F

September 28, 2019 3:07 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Tampa Bay (96-65)

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

3

0

Toronto (66-95)

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

x

4

8

0

W: Thornton (6-9)

L: Yarbrough (11-6)

S: Giles (23)

TB - HR: Duffy (1)

TOR - HR: Hernandez (25)

Rays lose 4-1, heading to Oakland for AL Wild Card Game
Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:06 AM

TORONTO (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays are headed west for the AL Wild Card Game.

Tampa Bay managed just three hits and lost 4-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, setting up a trip to Oakland for the wild-card round.

"It's going to be challenging," Rays manager Kevin Cash said after the loss. "We're going to need Oakland to play like they haven't here for a while."

Matt Duffy homered in the seventh inning, but that was it for Tampa Bay. Duffy finished with two hits and Tommy Pham singled for the team's other hit.

The Rays (96-65) secured a postseason berth Friday and began the day tied with Oakland in the wild-card race. The A's shut out Seattle 1-0 on Saturday night to clinch home field for the wild-card matchup.

The Athletics won four of seven regular-season meetings with the Rays, giving them the head-to-head tiebreaker.

"We're a confident team regardless of where we are," Duffy said.

The Rays are 48-32 on the road with one game remaining.

Teoscar Hernandez hit his 25th homer for Toronto, and Trent Thornton (6-9) pitched five effective innings. Rowdy Tellez had two hits and drove in a run.

The Blue Jays jumped on Ryan Yarbrough (11-6) for three runs before he recorded his first out of the game.

Hernandez connected for his second career leadoff homer. Cavan Biggio then singled and scored on Randal Grichuk's triple. Tellez added an RBI single.

"The first inning it seemed like just a lot of pitches found the center of the plate," Cash said.

Yarbrough allowed three runs and five hits in five innings.

"I feel like I kind of cleaned it up a little bit as the game went along," Yarbrough said.

Thornton settled down nicely after a shaky first. The right-hander allowed one hit, struck out eight and walked four.

"Thornton set the tone after the first inning," Cash said. "I mean, they had a guy up and we didn't capitalize. That's kind of our chance right there."

Thornton's 149 strikeouts are the most for a Blue Jays rookie since Mark Eichhorn had 166 in 1986.

"He's really pitched well in his last nine starts for sure, and a great job again today," manager Charlie Montoyo said.

Ken Giles worked the ninth for his 23rd save in 24 opportunities.

After Duffy hit his first homer of the season off Sam Gaviglio, Richard Urena restored Toronto's three-run cushion with an RBI double in the bottom half of the inning.

DUFFY DELIVERS

Duffy had gone 427 at-bats since his previous home run, the longest active streak in the majors and one he had been reminded of frequently by opposing videoboards.

"They put that on the scoreboard here every time we play," Duffy said. "I've been trying to get that off there for a while."

Duffy's last homer was on June 16, 2018, at Yankee Stadium. He missed 103 games this season because of a left hamstring injury.

ROOF REPORT

The retractable roof opened a few minutes before the game started, but rolled closed again after a light rain began falling in the first inning.

GET ON WITH IT

Biggio has reached safely in 28 consecutive games, breaking the Blue Jays rookie record (Russ Adams, 27 games, 2005).

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: INF Yandy Diaz (left foot) got six at-bats in an instructional league game Saturday and will join the team in Toronto on Sunday. Diaz has been out since July 23 and is on the 60-day IL.

Blue Jays: 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (right knee) was scratched from the starting lineup and replaced by Brandon Drury. Montoyo said Guerrero hurt himself rounding second base Friday. Guerrero is day to day. ... SS Bo Bichette (concussion) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. Bichette was hit on the batting helmet by a pitch at Baltimore last Thursday.

UP NEXT

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (6-7, 4.21) starts Sunday in his third appearance since returning from elbow surgery.

Blue Jays: RHP Clay Buchholz (5-9, 5.00 ERA) is 9-9 with a 2.69 ERA in 25 career games against the Rays.

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Pitchers of Record

Tampa Bay IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
R. Yarbrough (L, 11-6) 5 5 3 2 3 5.40 1.400
Toronto IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
T. Thornton (W, 6-9) 5 1 0 4 8 0.00 1.000
K. Giles (S, 23) 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000

Batting Leaders

Tampa Bay AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
M. Duffy 4 2 1 1 1 0 5 0 2.5
T. Pham 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 1.3
Toronto AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
T. Hernandez 2 1 1 1 1 2 4 0 3.4
R. Tellez 4 2 0 0 1 0 3 0 1.5

Team Comparison

TB TOR
At Bats 29 29
Hits 3 8
Batting Average .103 .276
On Base Percentage .257 .417
Slugging Percentage 0.207 0.517
Doubles 0 2
Triples 0 1
Home Runs 1 1
Total Bases 6 15
Walks 6 5
Strikeouts 12 9
Stolen Bases 1 1
Caught Stealing 0 1
Runners Left On Base 7 8
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 0/3 1/8
Double Plays Fielded 8 2
Errors 0 0

2019 Regular Season - TB Leads Series 13-5

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri Apr 12 TB 11 @ TOR 7 R. Yarbrough T. Thornton
Sat Apr 13 TB 1 @ TOR 3 T. Pannone C. Roe
Sun Apr 14 TB 8 @ TOR 4 A. Kolarek M. Stroman
Mon May 27 TOR 3 @ TB 8 Y. Chirinos A. Sanchez
Tue May 28 TOR 1 @ TB 3 R. Yarbrough C. Richard
Wed May 29 TOR 3 @ TB 4 D. Castillo J. Shafer
Fri Jul 26 TB 3 @ TOR 1 R. Yarbrough J. Waguespack
Sat Jul 27 TB 9 @ TOR 10 D. Hudson E. Pagan
Sun Jul 28 TB 10 @ TOR 9 C. Roe D. Hudson
Mon Aug 5 TOR 2 @ TB 0 J. Waguespack C. Morton
Tue Aug 6 TOR 6 @ TB 7 D. Castillo B. Boshers
Wed Aug 7 TOR 4 @ TB 3 B. Stewart B. McKay
Thu Sep 5 TOR 4 @ TB 6 O. Drake B. Boshers
Fri Sep 6 TOR 0 @ TB 5 P. Fairbanks C. Buchholz
Sat Sep 7 TOR 3 @ TB 5 N. Anderson J. Romano
Sun Sep 8 TOR 3 @ TB 8 T. Richards J. Waguespack
Fri Sep 27 TB 6 @ TOR 2 O. Drake T. Zeuch
Sat Sep 28 TB 1 @ TOR 4 T. Thornton R. Yarbrough

Game Information

Stadium: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 20,293
Game Time: 3:17
Weather: 64F, Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?