Source: Toronto Star
When a major-league offence struggles, everything else must be executed perfectly in order to win ballgames. Such was not the case on Thursday afternoon as the Rays cruised to a 7-1 win over the Blue Jays, behind six shaky but effective innings from rookie lefty Matt Moore.
The Jays scored just four runs in 27 innings in the series, collecting a total of 12 hits.
In the first four months of the season, the Jays, even in defeat, continued to come back relentlessly. In this series, the Jays did not mount much pressure late in contests. On Thursday, it was one hit and three baserunners in the final seven innings as the Rays chipped away at Henderson Alvarez and the Jays' pen.
"I don't know about relentlessness," manager John Farrell said when questioned about his team's compete level. "I know guys are playing to their abilities and we've got some that are inexperienced. ... They're getting the opportunity; some guys have responded to that challenge. Others are still finding their way."
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