D-Rays 8, Toronto 3. You gotta love this photo to the right. Poor Damon Hollins looks a bit inadequate and like he is about to get ‘pancaked’ by Jonny Gomes. Hollins looks genuinely scared. Maybe Jonny should pick on somebody more his size, like the portly Seth McClung.
Before this series we noted that the Blue Jays playoff hopes were DONE, even if they and their fans had not realized yet. Well, it looks like the team has finally realized as the fire sale is in full force. Before last nights game the Jays traded Scott Schoenweiss and after the game they traded Eric Hinske. Both players were traded for minor league players to be named later. Well, during last nights game, the Rays did their best job to put the nail in the coffin by jumping all over Ted Lilly in the first inning and for once, the team actually held a lead. I doing so, the Rays ended a 7 game losing streak and James Shields ended a personal 6 game losing skid. Shields was strong and only ran into trouble in the 5th inning when he threw a couple of mistake pitches but also was let down with 2 errors by his defense. Offensively, every D-Ray got at least one hit and back-to-back RBI doubles by Jonny Gomes and Jorge Cantu in the first were followed by a 2-run home run by Damon Hollins to stake Shields to an early 4-0 lead.
Welcome back to the big leagues, Chad Orvella. start. Then again, he did get off to an auspiciousOrvella came on in the 8th inning with an 8-3 lead and promptly hit the first batter he faced with his first pitch. He then settled down and got Troy Glaus to strike out swinging, followed by enticing Lyle Overbay to ground into a double play to end the inning. Some great quotes from Chad before the game in which he pretty much let it be known that the reason for his struggles earlier this year for the Rays was due to the fact that he was thinking and not throwing. You just got lesson #1 Chad, don’t think, it can only hurt the ballclub.