Marc Rzepczynski bounced back from a tough outing in his last appearance to score some points in his bid to earn a spot in the Blue Jays rotation.
Rzepczynski pitched three scoreless innings Tuesday in Port Charlotte against the Tampa Bay Rays, in a game the Rays would eventually win 3-2 in extra innings.
The lefthander was making his third appearance and has shut the opposition out in two of them. After cruising through two perfect innings in his debut against the Tigers a week ago Sunday, he faced eight Braves hitters Friday and got only two outs, allowing five hits and a walk before getting the hook.
Both his walks against Tampa came in the first inning but he pitched out of that spot of trouble and then cruised through the next two innings.
Toronto took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth but Wilson Abreu, summoned from the bullpen to get the game’s final out with a runner on second, gave up a game-tying single. In the 10th, Justin Ruggiano’s two-out single drove in the game-winner.
Of note, Casey Janssen made another spotless relief appearance, his third of the spring. He has now faced 10 batters, allowing just one hit.