World News – CA – Rick Zamperin: the Blue Jays fought in the series opener vs. The Rays

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The Toronto Blue Jays fought in the opening game of their best of three MLB wild card series against Tampa Bay on Tuesday

Toronto abandoned a 3-1 decision against the seeded Rays at Tropicana Field, and the point is, the Jays could have won

The controversial decision to pitch pitcher Matt Shoemaker instead of ace Hyun-Jin Ryu in the opener won’t haunt manager Charlie Montoyo as much as the decision to shoot Shoemaker after three innings

Shoemaker was ahead, throwing 35 shots – 27 for strikes – and allowed just two hits in three innings of work before Montoyo stuck to his game plan instead of surfing the hot hand

The game plan was for Shoemaker to throw three innings, then give the ball to Robbie Ray for three more innings, and the plan almost worked to perfection.

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But Ray gave the first hitter he faced a triple and Randy Arozarena later scored the first inning of the game when Ray threw a wild pitch a few batters later and the Rays added a two-run homerun in the seventh round and walked away with the ‘W’

Montoyo said they had to « be creative » to beat the Rays, but it was their « creativity » that may have cost them Game 1

Who knows, Shoemaker might have pitched another shutout innings or two to match what the Rays pulled out of their ace, Blake Snell, or maybe the Jays would have won the game if Ryu had started

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If the Blue Jays have wins on Wednesday and Thursday, all will be forgotten, but if not, Toronto would have to abandon their creative game plan for one that gives them a better chance of winning

Rick Zamperin is the Deputy Director of Programs, News and Sports at Global News Radio 900 CHML

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