Rays vs. Blue Jays – Game Recap – September 15, 2022

TORONTO — — Yandy Díaz hit a 3-run dwelling run and the Tampa Bay Rays — beginning an unprecedented 9 Latin American gamers on Roberto Clemente Day — routed Toronto 11-0 on Thursday to drag inside a half-sport of the Blue Jays within the wild-card chase.

Clemente, the late Hall of Fame outfielder from Puerto Rico, was a two-time World Series winner and NL MVP who performed 18 seasons with Pittsburgh. The Blue Jays’ Latin American starters are from 5 international locations: Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

“Very completely satisfied, particularly on a day like in the present day,” Díaz mentioned. “I believe the Latinos are actually placing a stamp on the sport of baseball.”

All 9 Rays starters, in addition to bases coaches Chris Prieto and Rodney Linares, wore No. 21 to honor Clemente. The 9 starters posed for a photograph on the sector after the sport.

Díaz mentioned he hoped to place his jersey and a lineup card in a body to recollect the historic day.

Rays supervisor Kevin Cash mentioned the lineup was based mostly on the batters he needed to face Toronto proper-hander Kevin Gausman.

“Gausman we have as a reverse-break up man, so load up the righties,” Cash mentioned. “It simply labored out that they had been all of the Latin background.”

Shane McClanahan returned from the injured listing to pitch 5 shutout innings.

“I’ve been dying to get again and assist this crew any manner I can,” McClanahan mentioned.

Isaac Paredes hit a solo dwelling run and added an RBI single because the Rays (80-63) received the fifth and remaining sport of the collection. Toronto (81-63) will play a 4-sport collection at Tampa Bay, beginning subsequent Thursday.

Seattle (80-62), which holds one of many three AL wild-card spots, was idle Thursday, however moved share factors forward of Toronto.

Díaz homered in a 4-run second inning, his ninth. Paredes made it 5-0 with a leadoff blast within the seventh, his nineteenth.

Randy Arozarena had three hits, together with an RBI single within the ninth, and Manuel Margot added a 3-run double later within the six-run body as Tampa Bay piled on in opposition to proper-handers Trevor Richards and David Phelps.

Activated off the injured listing after lacking 15 video games as a consequence of a left shoulder impingement, McClanahan (12-5) allowed three hits, struck out 5 and walked one.

“We’re higher with him than with out him, little question about it,” Cash mentioned. He’s such a proficient pitcher.”

The left-hander pitched round a pair of singles within the first inning, then retired 14 of the ultimate 16 batters he confronted. He lowered his ERA to 2.13.

“Today he was so nasty,” Rays catcher René Pinto mentioned. “We usually are not machines however he seems to be like one.”

JT Chargois acquired two outs within the sixth, Jason Adam labored 1 1/3 innings, Javy Guerra pitched the eighth and Kevin Herget completed the six-hitter, Tampa Bay’s tenth shutout.

Gausman (12-10) allowed 5 runs and 6 hits in seven innings, snapping a streak of 4 straight successful choices. He struck out seven and walked one.

“Too many errors and errors magnified with guys on base,” Gausman mentioned.

After Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette hit again-to-again singles within the first, the pair executed a double steal. McClanahan escaped by placing out Matt Chapman and getting Teoscar Hernández to fly out.

Bichette doubled off JT Chargois within the sixth and superior on Chapman’s infield single however Hernández struck out earlier than Adam got here on to strike out pinch hitter Cavan Biggio.

HONORING CLEMENTE

Bichette, proper-hander José Berríos, outfielder George Springer and third base coach Luis Rivera wore No. 21 for Toronto.

SWEET DEAL

Two followers from Toronto’s Korean group gave some treats to Rays slugger Ji-Man Choi throughout batting apply, together with one labeled Choco Pie. Choi returned the favor with some signed baseballs.

ROSTER MOVES:

Tampa Bay optioned LHP Josh Fleming to Triple-A Durham to clear a roster spot for McClanahan.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: RHP Shane Baz (proper elbow) has began throwing on flat floor however won’t return this season, Cash mentioned.

Blue Jays: C Alejandro Kirk (left hip) was not obtainable. Kirk didn’t play Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Corey Kluber (10-8, 4.36 ERA) begins Friday because the Rays return dwelling to host Texas. LHP Martín Pérez (11-6, 2.77 ERA) goes for the Rangers.

Blue Jays: Toronto has not named a starter for Friday’s dwelling sport in opposition to Baltimore. RHP Jordan Lyles (10-10, 4.62 ERA) begins for the Orioles.

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