There were two home runs from CF Kevin Kiermaier and C Nick Cuiffo made his first appearance as a big-league player a huge hit and RHP Jake Faria was fabulous in his return to major leagues.
But what is more important is that the Rays reminded that they are not always going to win every single game they play much to our disappointment and that getting back at the race for the second place in AL East can also be hard on them.
This was the impression they gave through the Wednesday’s game against Blue Jays when they had to face a dreadful 10-3 lose. Rays gave up seven runs in the top of the first inning and were never able to recover after that.
Though they have been great in their early 13 wins out of 15 while they went rock-hard against Atlanta, Cleveland and Toronto, what brings us back to reality is that this loss left them at 75-64 with the 23 games left they have already dropped eight games back.
Kiermaier who had to sit out on Sunday due to a sore back has been doing well swinging the balls. He tried his best to put a good end to an otherwise ruined and disappointing game of the season. The homers he made were his fifth and sixth and he was just about to make another when RF Randal Grichuk made a leaping catch at the wall eventually giving him a .367 average over his past 14 games.
“It’s not going to be easy,” Kiermaier said. “We have to do a lot of things right and hope a couple other teams falter down the stretch. It’s one of those things we know we’re not going to win every game from here on out. It’s just not how this game works.
“Probably the highlight of the night,” manager Kevin Cash said. “KK, he’s got the potential to get really hot. I’m not saying he’s going to. But I think that’s a huge step in the right direction, this series (6-for-10, four extra-base hits) was.”
Ciuffo reached on an infield single. Faria worked three innings in his first action since Aug. 15.
“Tonight just wasn’t our night,” Kiermaier said at another point.
Definitely not for RHP Tyler Glasnow, who allowed the seven runs at the beginning of the first inning that put Rays in this giant pit. Still, The Rays’ are still in process of discovering Tyler Glasnow.
Up till now, they have seen him playing his best while he put up a strong fight against Indians ace Corey Kluber for a total of seven astounding innings in which he allowed only two hits and a run.
Then it brings us to now, where he played worse than anybody could have expected of him when he miserably played out the first inning against the Blue Jays allowing five hits, two walks, and seven runs.
Galsnow has a powerful strategy he calls a slider, featuring an upper 90s fastball along with a big curve put into a harder version. But back to this game the 25-year-old admitted he thought he was ready against jays.
“When you’re pitching, you have to eliminate everything you can’t control,” he said. “I know it’s cliche, but when I’m out there, I’m only thinking about getting the guy out who’s up at-bat at that time.”