Granted, J.A. Happ was facing an opponent that had not scored a run in 21 straight innings.
But despite the fact the Blue Jays left-hander put an end to that streak, losing 4-1 to James Shields at The Trop, he pitched as well as might have been expected. Happ had not started a game in 22 days, an 89-pitch effort on July 16 for the Astros in San Diego.
The numbers looked bad. The 29-year-old product of Northwestern University, who works out with Jays manager John Farrell's son Luke in the off-season, did not make it through five, throwing 82 pitches, allowing four runs on seven hits, with one walk and five strikeouts. His next start is against the Yankees.
"The result is the thing that matters," Happ said. "But I did feel better than probably the numbers indicate. I thought I was making some good pitches. They used the whole field and (the hits) were falling for them tonight and weren't falling for us. Frustrating one, for sure."
The Rays opened the scoring in the second. They had been shut out on both Saturday and Sunday, scoring just two runs over the three-game series, but somehow winning the opener vs. the O's.
Toronto Blue Jays lose series opener to Tampa Bay Rays, 4-1
Toronto Star | Aug 8