TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays had a miserable weekend with their third straight loss on Sunday.
The day after their famous first junior coach Mark (Bud) Budzinski and his wife Monica, lost their eldest child of three, 17-year-old daughter Julia, to sudden and unexpected death, Blue The Jays fell 7-3 to the Tampa Bay Rays by 35,757 at Rogers Center.
On Saturday, Budzinski, 48, left the Blue Jays in the third inning of the second game of the team’s duel against the Rays after learning the tragic news.
The Blue Jays released a statement, saying that Budzinski will be away from the team for a while to relax with his family. Julia also had a moment of silence before the game as the players and coaches of both teams stood in front of their fighters.
The emotional trauma is evident in the Blue Jays’ words and body language.
“My heart breaks for Bud,” said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo, his voice trembling with tenderness. “There are good men and great men. He is a wonderful man. He’s a special kind of person. His family is great. The only thing I can say about what happened is that he left a message for the team. He did this while going through a tragedy, and that tells you everything about him. “
The Blue Jays have responded, with many players writing letters of support for their coaches. The outburst was felt around the league, with Boston Red Sox coach Alex Cora and Detroit Tigers counterpart AJ Hinch expressing their sympathy.
Hinch is Budzinski’s small roommate.
“He’s someone I consider a close friend,” Hinch said. “His daughter is the same age as mine.”
Cora said: ‘I just heard that his daughter died in an accident. “It puts everything in perspective.”
Montoya also left his cap to stay with Budzinski until he found a flight home to Richmond, Virginia. Montoya returns later in the game.
Luis Hurtado, the Blue Jays’ bull catcher, trained the first base in Budzinski’s absence.
The Blue Jays leadership has taken into account the possibility of not playing on Sunday.
“I didn’t know about that,” said Toronto starter Ross Stripling (4-3). “I think Bud will want us to play, try to win this series. But that’s not how it turns out. “
The Blue Jays (44-36) lost their third game in a row to the Rays (43-36) to beat the five-game set 3-2 and bid farewell to their week-long eight-game home by a score of 4- 4.
The Blue Jays were tied 1-1 over four innings after letting eight runners run on the base, six of whom were stuck in a scoring position.
In the fifth inning, the Rays scored six times. Stripling gave Taylor Walls a double lead, who scored the only goal into Yandy Diaz’s right field.
Harold Ramirez made a two-round shot to the right to end Stripling’s day. He lasted 4 rounds, dropped four runs (three earned) in seven hits with three strikes and walks.
Stripling is not allowed to run more than twice in five consecutive starts.
Toronto mainstay Trent Thornton replaced Stripling and was greeted with a solo homer from Ji-Man Choi and a two-time burst that ran straight to center court two games later against Arozarena.
The Rays had an opening match with 14 attacks with Choi leading the way with three hits. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. also had a hit tour.
Tampa Bay starter Shane Baz (1-1) came out of a jam in the first four innings, leaving loaded bases in the first and fourth brackets.
GAUSMAN UPDATE: The Blue Jays will wait and see how Kevin Gausman’s ankle injury feels after the club’s charter flight to California before determining if he will begin his next scheduled start on Thursday. are not. Gausman felt a bit stiff and sore a day after making a 100 mph drive off his right ankle, forcing him off the opener against the Blue Jays in the second half on Saturday.
UP NEXT: The Blue Jays head to the West Coast to open a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics, followed by a four-match against the Seattle Mariners. Alek Manoah (9-2) will start for the Blue Jays on Monday. Lefty Cole Irvin (2-6) will start the track and field. The opening game in Oakland will mark half-way through the Blue Jays’ schedule, their 81st outing.
This report by the Canadian Press was first published on July 3, 2022.
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