Blue Jays are attentive to detail in the series, defeating Rays despite their crushing final loss

TORONTO – Before ending a grueling five-game run in nearly 72 hours, members of the Toronto Blue Jays Bullpen gathered on the field for a competitive round of shooting practice, known as PFP.

With shootout coach Pete Walker at the helm, pounce on attackers and throw second or first base, jump both foul streaks while looking for the lead in third or second, or just to play at the start.

Given their current fatigue levels, they could easily have punched the clock and moved on. They didn’t, so they chased after him and jumped back up the hill if their relays weren’t for money. The closest Jordan Romano needed three reels to the pile before hitting bowler coach Matt Bushman in the box at second base. David Phelps fired second after he grabbed his hand and half-jokingly stared at Bushman as he dropped the layup.

Explaining the intensity, Phelps then said: “We’ve all been in a situation throughout our career where we’ve played too easily in front of us and put in a bad showing.” “We know what that looks like, what it could turn into. We’re trying to make sure we care about all the little things right now so we can focus on the big things.”

That mentality served the Blue Jays well through an 8-2 wild ride and a 3-2 win from five games with the Tampa Bay Rays, who crushed them 11-0 in the final on Thursday. Kevin Gussman made a blunder, leaving the 1-1 divider a bit in the inside third that Yandy Diaz’s three-shot shot, during the seven innings he played while Shane McClanahan, was off the injured list, and four loyalists did. the rest. The ninth of six runs made him laugh.

Losing, under blue skies on a fall-like September afternoon before a Rogers Center crowd of 23,820, the Blue Jays (81-63) dropped a percentage point behind the dormant Seattle Mariners (80-62) for the best wild card spot, with Rays trailing (80- 63) in the half of the match.

Next is a three-game streak against the Baltimore Orioles (75-67), who will check in five games again. Gusman’s seven innings put the Blue Jays in a good position for Friday against Jordan Lyles, although he called the second four-round turn he surrendered “unacceptable”.

“I thought we played incredibly (in the series vs. Rays), and along with my efforts today, all of our bowlers threw really nice and attacked the hit zone,” Gussmann said. “It’s a pity I couldn’t close the door but we’re playing a really good brand of baseball at the moment and obviously we have a good team coming up in Baltimore. Every game means a lot right now. I wish I could show up and perform the way I know.”

Attention to detail was a focal point for the Blue Jays throughout the series against Nemesis Rays, beginning with penning work by head coach Mark Budzinski ahead of Monday’s opener. While interim manager John Schneider said he generally doesn’t like bunting, he noted that at certain times, for certain parts of the squad under certain circumstances, it might make sense and it makes sense to be ready for such an occasion.

Although it wasn’t released this week, it made sense to be ready in case it did.

Tuesday’s header and recovery on Wednesday limited pre-game action but the first game of the double-sheet underlined the need for continued preparation, as Randy Arrozarina caught Tuscar Hernandez by surprise with a stunning dash home to steal the run.

The Blue Jays implemented a solid game plan on the board against Drew Rasmussen to secure a series win on Wednesday but there wasn’t much they could do against McClanahan, who had a 14-swing hit with a fastball at 97.7 mph, which is a change. at 88.8 and an unfair slider at 91.4.

Their best chance came first when Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Beau Pechet provided back-to-back singles, but he caught Matt Chapman looking at an impossibly fast 99.6 mph ball on the outside edge just before Tuscar Hernandez lined up on the track. Third out.

“I thought in the first half we had a chance. It made him throw some pitches and he didn’t quite get it done,” said Sneijder. “It’s tough. It’s an uphill battle when you’re up against men like that. Overall, I thought (the approach) was good, despite the outcome.”

The Blue Jays were without Alejandro Kirk, who sat with what Schneider called a “narrow left thigh.” His uneasiness lingered, and while a first-time taping on Hernandez on Tuesday night exacerbated the problem, “it wasn’t one specific thing” that caused the escalation.

Kirk’s workload has increased recently — he greeted three straight days for the first time this season from Sept. 5-7 in Baltimore — which may also be a factor but at the moment it’s daily, because “at this point, it’s useless,” Schneider said. In pushing himself, just be a little careful.”

The same went with the PFP before the match.

Phelps, who was working towards his second career appearance after the season, praised Walker for being judicious about when to do the bowlers’ drill, but appreciated the actors’ timing on Thursday. He described watching the way Matt Chapman gets his work done every day “one of the wonderful things I had the opportunity to watch,” and saw it as an example to follow.

“We have big matches ahead, matches that will go down to one or two and the idea is that we don’t prevent any of them apart from playing for the bowler,” he said. “One of our messages this year is going to be ready for action, day in and day out, especially in September. It’s not time to rest now. It’s time to just keep grinding through it. Nobody in baseball feels good now. She’s just trying to find the level Next up, that extra gear that the harder we work here, the easier it gets in the game. That’s one of the biggest messages.”