Rays down Blue Jays in wild weekend clash

In what was easily the season’s most exciting series thus far, the Blue Jays, despite mounting two incredible comebacks in games one and two, lost this weekend’s series to the first-place(!) Tampa Bay Rays.
Thanks to some great pitching and timely hitting, the boys in blue were able to take a single game, but floundered in the finale and were out-pitching and out-hit through most of the series.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from the first of many series against Tampa:
The Good
On the hill, Thomas Pannone (4.0 IP, 5 SO, 0 H, 0 BB) was outstanding, thanks chiefly to an immaculate inning in Sunday’s finale. Marcus Stroman (4.0 IP, 5 SO, 4 BB, E, 0 ER) was also decent while new Blue Jay Clay Buchholz (6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 SO, 0 BB, 1.00 WHIP) was stellar in his debut. Encouragingly, the starting pitching remained, for the most part, solid.
Freddy Galvis (3-for-14, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) had himself yet another solid series while Alen Hanson (2-for-9, RBI, BB), Billy McKinney (3-for-9, HR, 2 2B), and Luke Maile (3-for-6, BB) showed signs of life at the dish.
The Bad
Many of the team’s most disappointing hitters, namely Brandon Drury (0-for-7, 6 SO) and …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation