Berrios gets fast hook as Blue Jays lose ugly series opener against Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Maybe if Jose Berrios snares that soft Manuel Margot comebacker, or just leaves it for Cavan Biggio to gather, the opener of a meaningful four-game set towards the Tampa Bay Rays doesn’t unravel quite as dramatically because it did for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fielded cleanly by both player, it results in the final out of the second inning Thursday with the game tied 3-3. Instead, the ball deflected off Berrios’s glove just sufficient for Biggio to haven’t any play, the first of three seeing-eye RBI singles that restored a three-run Tampa Bay edge proper after a Blue Jays rally, ended the righty’s night at two innings and 74 pitches and sent the Rays to a 10-5 romp.

“I saw the ball rolling slowly and I had a chance to catch it however I suppose I reacted late a little bit and that’s why I just missed it,” mentioned Berrios. “Biggio was back there so if I let it go, he can catch and make the out. That’s instinct for me. I was an infielder and once I go on the market, I want to throw the ball after which be another fielder.”

The setback narrowed the Blue Jays’ (84-66) lead over the Rays (83-67) for the highest wild-card spot to one game, with the Seattle Mariners (82-67), 9-5 winners over Oakland earlier Thursday, 1.5 off the tempo.

While poor fortune might have performed a role in that Margot single, and the soft flare Wander Franco chopped simply past Bo Bichette’s attain, and the grounder Randy Arozarena shot by way of the 5-6 gap, this game was a radical sizzling mess for the Blue Jays.

Coming off a disheartening 4-3, 10-inning, four-hour-eight-minute loss at the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday evening that led to a 4 a.m. arrival in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Blue Jays started a sequence against a key rival with a chance to create actual separation within the standings.

They got off to a quick start before a sparse Tropicana Field crowd of 8,799 when George Springer tripled and Bichette doubled him home in the first off opener JT Chargois.

But Berrios, in an outing interim manager John Schneider described as “a little bit weird with him getting forward after which not putting guys away,” was off from the bounce. Jonathan Aranda led off with a homer, Arozarena tripled residence Margot and then scored on a wild pitch immediately after throughout a 31-pitch first.

Homers by Teoscar Hernandez and Whit Merrifield in the second off Ryan Yarbrough knotted issues up however Berrios couldn’t shut out the bottom half, recording two outs around a Ji-Man Choi walk before 4 straight singles brought in three runs. His 43rd pitch of the body led to a David Peralta fly ball that ended the body.

“I was getting forward, attacking them, but once I needed to finish them, throw that third strike, I wasn’t capable of locate properly,” said Berrios. “That’s why they made me throw lots of pitches in just two innings. That’s what occurred.”

Berrios’ subsequent exit left six bullpen-shredding innings for 4 relievers, together with Foster Griffin in his Blue Jays debut, to cowl, which was lower than perfect with Mitch White set for recall to begin on Friday in opposition to Jeffrey Springs.

“I suppose that we’re fairly, pretty nicely rested and set up fantastic (Friday) in the bullpen,” said Schneider.

Trevor Richards allowed three more runs and David Phelps another while the Rays shut down the Blue Jays offence, even after Ryan Yarbrough left the sport within the third with proper side discomfort, till Merrifield hit his second homer of the night time within the ninth. Tampa Bay used seven pitchers in all.

Griffin is the doubtless countermove for White as the roster juggling continues for the Blue Jays after they positioned Santiago Espinal on the injured list with a left indirect strain. Otto Lopez was recalled to take his spot and he replaced Bichette in the field in the eighth inning.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr., in the meantime, labored out once more on the club’s advanced in Dunedin, Fla., as he recovers from a left hamstring pressure, but has but to run and might be re-evaluated this weekend.

Berrios had been on a roll of late, allowing 12 earned runs with 28 strikeouts in 36.2 innings over six starts but lasted 4 innings or less for the seventh time this 12 months. He’s also allowed five runs or more eight occasions, but his first since an Aug. 12 thumping from Cleveland.

“There have been some ups and downs for him this season, for certain,” mentioned Schneider. “But I think when you’re at this point within the season, you’re taking a glance at lately and I assume these days he’s been really good. You trust a guy with a extremely good monitor record within the big-leagues to simply flush it and move on.”

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