R.A. Dickey has said all along that he has faith in the process. That despite his roller-coaster tenure with the Blue Jays thus far, he trusts his numbers will even out as the season goes on. Dickey took another step in the right direction on Wednesday, throwing a two-hit shutout—his first complete game in a Jays' uniform—against the Tampa Bay Rays to stave off a sweep at Tropicana Field and lead the Jays to a 3-0 victory. Dickey took a perfect game into the fifth inning and saw just two batters above the minimum, his only blemishes a pair of seeing-eye singles through the left side of the infield and a lead-off walk in the seventh. Working with catcher Josh Thole for just the fifth time this year, Dickey pitched his finest game of the season, needing just 93 pitches to quiet the Rays bats. His knuckleball was sharp and alive on Wednesday and he had no-hit stuff. The game was never in doubt and over in little more than two hours. Dickey's dominant performance overshadowed the return to the Jays' lineup of Jose Reyes, the club's dynamic shortstop and lead-off hitter. While he went hitless at the plate, Reyes made his presence known in the field early on, going deep into the hole on the second play of the game to field a Desmond Jennings grounder and popping up to make a clean throw to first. Munenori Kawasaki may be lovable, but there's no chance he would make that play, and instead of going perfect through five, the Rays would have had their second batter aboard. The Jays took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Jose Bautista sliced a double that bounced in front of a diving Wil Myers in right field and Melky Cabrera drove him home with a single three batters later. Adam Lind who has been red-hot in June, but stone cold the last few days, snapped an 0-for-14 streak in the sixth inning, sending a long fly ball to straightaway centre field for his 11th home run of the season.
Blue Jays R.A. Dickey dominant as Jays shutout Tampa Bay Rays in Jose Reyes' return
Toronto Star | Jun 27