Blue Jays-Rays: Toronto Wastes David Purcey's Great Performance in 1-0 Loss

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IAugust 27, 2008

The Toronto Blue Jays were unable to capitalize on the best outing of rookie pitcher David Purcey's (2-5) career, as Tampa Bay's Matt Garza (11-7) was able to hold the Jays' offense in check for a 1-0 win.

Garza has now given up just one run in 30 innings against the Jays this season.

Toronto came very close to scoring in the early innings, as they recorded at least one hit in each of the first four innings and managed to get men on first and second three of those times.

Garza escaped each time with a blistering fastball, and his performance overshadowed that of David Purcey.

Garza finished the game with seven-and-two-thirds innings pitched, shutting out the Jays while giving up six hits, three walks, and five strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Purcey pitched the best game of his major-league career with an overpowering fastball and nice, sweeping curve. Today marked his first complete game.

He threw 20 first-pitch strikes and fell behind in the count just nine times against the 29 Rays he faced

He only made one mistake all evening, but it proved to be costly. In the fourth inning, he served up a fastball right in slugger Carlos Pena's wheelhouse, and Pena deposited it well over the fence for what proved to be the winning run.

Purcey finished with eight innings pitched, giving up just one run on five hits, zero walks, while striking out a career-high 11 batters.

Dan Wheeler came on in the ninth for the Rays for his ninth save of the year.

Up next: Jesse Litsch (9-7) will try to end the series with the Rays on a positive note against Edwin Jackson (10-8).