Rays lose once again to Blue Jays

by Gary Shelton on April 16, 2023

in general

Sunday, 4 a.m.

So what do you take more seriously?

The 13-game winning streak?

Or the two-game losing streak, when you consider the injury-plagued pitching staff of the Tampa Bay Rays?

The Rays, suddenly, are streaking in reverse. They lost to Toronto for the second straight day, this time 5-2. It was another game when the Rays didn't consistently hit or effectively pitch.

For Tampa Bay, it was a matter of balls and strikes. The Rays pitchers walked seven, including their third bases-loaded walk in two days.

And strikes? The Rays struck out 12 times. Over the last two days, they've struck out 23 times. The Rays were also one-for-10 with runners in scoring position (two of 14 over the last two days).

"We didn’t execute pitches like we generally do," Rays' manager Kevin Cash said. "(Josh) Fleming fell behind and couldn’t quite get back in the zone."

The Rays had their chances. Brandon Lowe flied out deep to right with two runners on in the seventh, and Wander Franco came up with the bases loaded in the ninth but was out on a grounder to the pitcher.

The Rays weren't sharp on the mound. With two out in the fourth, the Rays still gave up two runs.

Tampa Bay concludes its series against Toronto today at 1:37 p.m. Shane McClanahan will start for the Rays against Alek Manoah.

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