Much better… whew!
In a season start that was absolutely dismal for the Jays, things didn’t look good with Tampa’s Cobb on the mound, undefeated at home since September 2012, against unproven Drew Hutchison, in his debut MLB game since Tommy John surgery.
The Jays started off strong. Melky led the game with a single. Jose walked with one out. With two out, Adam Lind and his goatee launched a 3-1 pitch (should have been 2-2) beyond the wall in deep right-centre cashing in three.
In the 4th, Lawrie took a well-disciplined walk with one out in the top of the fourth, and advanced on a Goins ground out. Johnathon Diaz, in his 2nd MLB plate appearance, singled to right to score Lawrie. Goins managed to steal 2nd as well before Cabrera bounced out to the pitcher. 4-0 Jays after 4.
In the top of the 5th, Rasmus hit a double into the corner in right that the Jays didn’t cash, and the Jays led 4-0 until the 8th inning.
Meanwhile, Drew Hutchison threw very well. In the bottom half of the 2nd, he threw back-to-back one out walks before fielding a east 1-4-3 double play, and then retiring 8 in a row before giving up a one out double in the 5th.
In the bottom of the 5th, Diaz tripped on a routine ground ball to short, but because Loney didn’t run it out, he was able to barely record the out.
Hutchison was pulled with 1 out in the 6th, and Loup completed the 6th and 7th, and Delabar the 8th. In the 8th inning, Wil Myers doubled over Rasmus’ head, plating Matt Joyce.
Then, in the 9th with two doubles against newly minted closer Sergio Santos, including another double over Colby’s head. Sergio then walked Hanigan, and the Rays pulled a double steal, leaving the tying run at 2nd before strking out Escobar to end the game.
A well-played game for the Jays, with Adam Lind’s 3 home run being the highlight. Johnathon Diaz had a great debut, with a walk, single and RBI, and stolen base.
The only mistakes I noticed was Colby's fielding. Last year, there were games where Colby just didn't field well in centre, and this was one of those games where he should have tracked down at least one of those balls.
But overall, a good game, and the Jays are back to .500.