MLB: A near-perfect game from Tyler Alexander at the expense of the Jays

MLB: A near-perfect game from Tyler Alexander at the expense of the Jays
MLB: A near-perfect game from Tyler Alexander at the expense of the Jays

Tyler Alexander gave a superb performance on the mound and the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Friday.

Danny Jansen, however, spoiled what appeared to be a perfect game until the start of the eighth inning for Alexander (2-2), by hitting a single to right.

Immediately after, Davis Schneider hit a two-run homer to cut the lead to 4-2.

Cavan Biggio drove in Daulton Varsho on a single to pull within one, signaling the end of Alexander’s day, but the Jays were unable to add more after been caught in a double game.

The starter’s longest outing in six seasons in the majors was seven innings. Pete Fairbanks finally made the save for the Rays. He and fellow reliever Manuel Rodriguez did not allow a run afterward.

“I was very aware of what I was doing,” Alexander said. I was just trying not to try too hard, I guess. I was trying to stay within myself.”

Richie Palacios hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Rays won their third straight game.

Randy Arozarena’s speed on the trails and Jonny DeLuca’s productive single were responsible for the Rays’ other points.

Bassitt refuses to panic

Chris Bassitt (3-6) allowed three runs and five hits while fanning five opponents in 5 2/3 innings. Zach Pop, Genesis Cabrera, Erik Swanson and Nate Pearson succeeded him in relief.

The pitcher also refuses to panic with the start of the season for the Blue Jays, who have a 19-24 record so far.

“It’s a long season, I think it’s not really the time to worry about that,” Bassitt said. I believe there is an urgent need to correct things quickly.

“There’s always a point in the season where you look at the situation and say ‘we need to make some changes’. I’m not saying it’s time to do that, but we have to play better. »

There is a superstition in baseball that it should never be mentioned in the dugout that a pitcher is headed for a perfect game, a no-hitter, or a shutout. In the Blue Jays dugout, it was quite the opposite.

“Baseball players, coaches and managers are a little superstitious,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider conceded. We talked about it in the third round as a joke. You’re joking about it a bit. I’m glad we batted in the eighth, that’s for sure. »

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