The great Ichiro Suzuki once said, “To tell the truth, I’m not excited to go to Cleveland, but we have to. If I ever saw myself saying I’m excited to go to Cleveland, I’d punch myself in the face, because I’m lying.”
I get the feeling the Jays feel the same way about going to Tampa Bay. If they don’t, they should, at least. Toronto opened a three-game set against at Tropicana Field last night and only managed two singles and a walk in a 9-0 loss, with Jeff Niemann picking up the shutout and running his record to 6-0 for the Rays. Brian Tallet, whose start probably should’ve been skipped because of Monday’s off-day, gave up five runs in four-plus innings to take the loss for the Jays. Oh well, might as well get the bad starter out of the way in games where we don’t get a runner past first base all game, which was the case last night.
The Rays scored seven times in the fifth inning alone, chasing Tallet with two singles, a walk and a hit batter before Rommie Lewis came in and coughed up four runs of his own on a Carlos Pena grand slam. On a positive note, Scott Downs and Jason Frasor went unused and will certainly be fresh and set to go next time the Jays are in need of a blown save.
Anyway, not much else to say about that mess of a game. Shaun Marcum (5-2, 2.77) is on the hill tonight against David Price (8-2, 2.29) in a rematch of last Wednesday’s Downs-aided shit show at Rogers Centre. Now’s the time for the Jays bats to get it cooking against Price, too: In a pair of starts against Toronto this season, he’s 2-0 and hasn’t given up an earned run in 17 innings. Given the way things went last night, he’s not really the guy I wanna see.