Toronto Blue Jays Offense Continues To Struggle In Scott Richmonds Debut

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IJuly 30, 2008

July 30th was a big day for 28 year old Canadian Scott Richmond. He made his first ever major league start after years of hard work.

He would pitch pretty good for his first ever start, going 5 and 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out four batters.

The Rays got on him early, scoring in the first inning. Speedy Carl Crawford was able to triple home a run but Richmond was able to get out of the inning without further damage.

The Rays were not able to score again until the fourth inning when slugger Carlos Pena hit his 18th home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field wall.

The Rays would score once more in the inning, putting them in the lead for good.

Lefties Jesse Carlson, Scott Downs and BJ Ryan would all pitch scoreless innings in relief of Richmond.

Meanwhile, Rays pitcher Edwin Jackson also pitched a decent game. He went five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and striking out three batters.

Jackson's only blemish came in the third inning when he surrendered a two tun shot to Lyle Overbay.

Otherwise, this game produced the same old story for the Jays as they went a dreadful 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and 2-for-14 with runners on base.

After the game, Richmond was told that he will remain with the team for the time being and therefore he will be ineligible to play in the Olympics for team Canada.

Up Next: The Jays start a series with the Texas Rangers by sending Shaun Marcum (5-5) to the mound to take on Tommy Hunter (0-0), who is making his major league debut.