Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/9/12

Before I get to anything else I got some rather unsettling news for Toronto Blue Jays fans out there.  Drew Hutchison underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday and bluejays.com is reporting he won’t be at full strength until 2014.   I don’t about you, but I wouldn’t be surprise if the Blue Jays will check out the free agent market in the off-season, looking for a best starting pitcher available and one they can afford.

As for Tuesday night’s game, they Jays lost to Tampa Bay 4-1.

The Rays opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when Sean Rodriguez drove in Ryan Roberts with a single.

In the bottom of the third inning, Tampa Bay scored two more runs to make it 3-0.  First, Evan Longoria drove in Desmond Jennings with a sacrifice fly.  Then, Jeff Keppinger drove in B. J. Upton, also with a sacrifice fly.

At the top of the fourth inning, the Jays got their only run of the game when Colby Rasmus hit a solo home run.

I have to give Tampa Bay’s starting pitcher, James Sheilds a littler bit of credit.  He was fantastic on the mound Tuesday night.  He was practically unhittable, giving up only two hits, one run, one walk, and struck out six batters in eight innings pitched.

The Rays scored their final run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Ben Zobrist drove in Jennings with a double.

Jays starting pitcher, J.A, Happ was very mediocre in his starting debut with the team, giving up seven hits, four  earned runs, one walk and struck out five batters in 4.1 innings pitched.

The Jays opened the scoring in the second game at the top of the third inning when Edwin Encarnacion drove in Rajai Davis with a sacrifice fly.

The lead would be short-lived though, as B.J. Upton drove in Desmond Jennings with a double in the bottom of the inning.  Later in the inning, Upton scored on a double play by Evan Longoria to give the Rays a 2-1 lead.  Jeff Keppinger increased the lead when he drove in Ben Zobrist with a single.

David Cooper cut the Rays lead to one run by hitting a home run in the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Jays lose 3-2.  Jays starting pitcher, Carlos Villanueva gave up  six hits, three earned runs, three walks, and struck nd out seven in six innings pitched.

The Rays completed the sweep on Thursday afternoon by hammering the Jays 7-1.  Starting pitcher, Henderson Alvarez had a rough day on the mound, giving up 11 hits, four earned runs, three walks, and struck out only two batters in 4.2 innings pitched.

More bad news for the Blue Jays.  Their third baseman (and my favourite player on the team right now), Brett Lawrie was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.

The Jays will have another tough battle ahead on the weekend as the New York Yankees come to town for three games.

 

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