Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 5/23/12

Toronto Blue Jay’s catcher, Arencibia named Player Of The Week

Going into a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, I knew it was going to be a real test for the Toronto Blue Jays, since Tampa is one of the best teams in the American League East Division right now.

Well, the Jays started on the right foot on Monday night as they defeated the Rays 6-2.

J.P. Arencibia named American League Player Of the Week

Blue Jay’s starting pitcher, Kyle Drabek gave up only three hits, two earned runs, 6 walks, and struck out three batters in the six innings he pitched.

There were some more good news for the Jays earlier on Monday. Catcher, J.P. Arencibia was named American league player of the week, hitting a total of four home runs and driving in 10 runs.

Game two of the series was a different story. The Jays lost a score of 8-5.

Jay’s starter, Drew Hutchison had a rough outing, pitching only four innings, giving up seven hits, six earned runs, no walks and striking out only three batters.

Jay’s infielder, Brett Lawrie almost lost it again when he was called out on the base paths. The umpire ruled that he went towards third base on a fly ball before retreating back to first. Therefore, Lawrie had to tagged second base again in order to be safe. Thankfully, Lawrie went back to the dugout without further incident. My only hope for him that he doesn’t continue to lose his temper every time there’s a questionable call against him. I really like this guy as a player, mainly because he’s Canadian and he’s really good too in my opinion.

The final game of the series started out promising for the Jays as Jose Bautista hit a solo home run with two out in the first inning.

That lead was short-lived though as Drew Sutton came up in the bottom of the inning, hit a double to center field, driving in Carlos Pena and Matt Joyce to give the Rays a 2-1 lead.

Tampa Bay scored two more runs in the third inning to make it 4-1.

At this point, I almost gave up on the Jays.

Down 4-2 at the top of the eighth inning, with Bautista on second, Edwin Encarnacion homered to center field and tied the game 4-4.

Jays starter, Ricky Romero had a mediocre outing on the mound in Wednesday’s game. He pitched six innings, giving up two hits, four earned runs, a career high seven walks and struck out seven batters.

Romero’s counter-part, James Shields had a much better outing, pitching 7.1 innings, giving up seven hits, two earned runs, one walk and striking out 10 batters.

The game ended in the bottom 11th inning when B.J. Upton drove in Rich Thompson with a double as the Rays went away with the 5-4 victory.

The Blue Jays head off to Texas where they will kick off a three game series with the Rangers on Friday,

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