Rays Defeat Indians 6-3, Win Another Road Series
The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Cleveland Indians 6-3 on Sunday afternoon taking 3-of-4 in winning the series.
Jalen Beeks (4-0, 2.83 ERA) picks up the win and Jose Alvarado retired the final two batters to pick up his sixth save on the year.
With the win, the Rays improve to 31-19 on the season and they have won four of their last five and are a season high 12 games over .500. Tampa Bay improves to 18-8 on the road and 6-1-2 in series play.
Stanek Effective As Opener….Again:
Ryne Stanek worked a scoreless 1.2-innings holding the Indians to a pair of base hits while striking out three batters. As an opener this season, he has pitched to a 1.63 ERA (4ER/22IP) with 26 strikeouts.
Meadows Gets It Going, Has Big Game:
Austin Meadows belted a leadoff homer to give the Rays the early 1-0 lead. it was his 10th homer of the season and Tampa Bay’s sixth leadoff homer on the season, which leads the majors.
Meadows reached base a career tying five times going 4-for-4 with a homer, double, and a pair of singles while driving in a pair. He also stole his fifth base of the year.
He was hit by a Trevor Bauer pitch in the sixth inning which seemed suspicious given the leadoff homer. Bauer immediately pointed to the footing on the mound and after uncorking five straight balls, including one over Avisail Garcia‘s head, called for the grounds crew to do maintenance on the mound. Meadow’s doesn’t seem to be buying what Bauer was selling.
Beeks Solid Outing:
Jalen Beeks worked 4.2-innings of scoreless ball allowing just a pair of hits while striking out three and walking three. He departed after throwing a season high 91-pitches.
Dicey Ninth, Saved By Alvarado:
The Rays entered the 9th holding a 6-1 lead and the bottom of the Indians order due up. Kevin Cash called on Adam Kolarek to replace Oliver Drake who allowed a run in his Rays debut. Kolarek was allowed a pair of runs on three hits and a walk and departed the game with runners on the corner and 1-out. Jose Alvarado struck out Oscar Mercado and then retired Carlos Santana on a soft grounder to second to secure the win.
Indians Drop to .500:
Trevor Bauer (4-4, 4.11 ERA) takes the loss for the Indians who fall to 26-26 on the year. Bauer allowed four runs on five hits while striking out eight and walking one in his six innings of work.
Oscar Mercado, a Gaither High graduate, hit his first big league homer in the eighth inning off Oliver Drake. Gaither High is also the same high school as Rays manager Kevin Cash.
D-Rob Inching Closer To Getting Off The Highway:
Daniel Robertson has been inching closer to getting off the highway and at one point did reach .200. He finished the game 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch ending with a .198 average.
He was also reached base after getting hit by a Trevor Bauer pitch. It was just the third time he was hit by a pitch in 2019. In 2018, Robertson was hit by pitch 13 times in 340 plate appearances. Entering today, he had been hit twice in 150 plate appearances.
Pham Extends Hit Streak:
Tommy Pham delivered a RBI single in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 straight games. He has also has five RBI in his last six games.
Kiermaier Scare Or Gamesmanship?:
Kevin Kiermaier doubled in the fourth inning and as he pulled into second he appeared to be grimacing and hobbling a bit. Kevin Cash and the trainer came out to check on him but he stayed in the game. A few pitches later he stole third and came into score on an errant throw.
Prior to the game, the Rays optioned reliever Casey Sadler to Triple-A Durham and selected the contract of Oliver Drake. To make room on the 40-man roster the Rays transferred Tyler Glasnow from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL.
Glasnow, out since May 10th with a right forearm strain, is eligible to return on July 11th. The original diagnosis was for him to miss 4-6 weeks, but Manager Kevin Cash said that this is in no way an indication that the injury is more severe or that Glasnow had a setback. It seems logical that the Rays are going to heed caution with the impressive powerful right arm of Glasnow and build him back to 5-6 innings prior to his return.
Sadler has been extremely impressive for Tampa Bay logging 15.1 innings overs seven appearances and pitching to a 1.76 ERA. He was demoted to give the ‘pen a fresh arm.
Oliver Drake appeared in big league games with five different organizations including the Brewers, Indians, Angels, Blue Jays, and Twins. He became the first player in big league history to appear for five MLB clubs in one season.
Overall he logged 47.2-innings pitching to a mark of 1-1 with a 5.29 ERA. He did finish strong with the Twins appearing in 19 games with an ERA of 2.21 (5ER/20.1IP).
Tampa Bay returns home for a Memorial Day matinee against the Toronto Blue Jays. Yonny Chirinos (5-1, 3.20 ERA) or an opener followed by Chirinos (more than likely) will make the start for Tampa Bay while the Blue Jays counter with Aaron Sanchez (3-4, 3.79 ERA).