The Tampa Bay Rays pounded out 14 hits en route an 8-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in front of 15,883 fans on Memorial Day at Tropicana Field.
Their 14 hits tie their second most hits in a game this season (3x, most recently May 23rd against Cleveland) and they have scored six or more runs in five of their last six games.
Yonny Chrinos picks up the win for Tampa Bay and moves to 6-1 with a 2.91 ERA on the year. The victory improves the Rays record to 32-19 and they are a season high 13 games over .500. They have won three in a row for the first times since April 27 through 29.
Chirinos Solid In Start:
While the offense was a big part of the win, it really was a team win. Starting with Yonny Chirinos who delivered five innings of hitless baseball striking out seven and walking two.
When asked if it is difficult to pull a pitcher in the middle of a no-hitter, Rays Manager Kevin Cash said he was unaware that Chirinos had a no-hitter until fans were booing after Luke Maile led off the sixth with a single for Toronto’s first hit. “Cash added that Tampa Bay is “going to prioritize the guys health and be responsible with him.”
Chirinos did receive quite an assist from the defense behind including a spectacular platinum glove worthy catch by Kevin Kiermaier in the fourth inning.
Meadows Red Hot At The Plate:
Austin Meadows, coming off a 4-for-4 game against the Indians on Sunday remained red hot going 3-for-5 with his team tying 11th homer of the season, three runs driven in, a run scored, and a stolen base. He is now hitting .351/.426/.679 on the season.
Choi Hustles Around The Bases:
Little league homers are always a spectacle but they are even more satisfying when Ji-Man Choi is chugging his way around the bases. After the Rays had struggled to score despite numerous opportunities in the first three innings they broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth.
Ji-Man Choi followed with a single to left. The throw home wasn’t in time to nab d’Arnaud and Luke Maile tried to get Choi going into second but his throw traveled into right center. Choi chugged his way all the way home to give Tampa Bay a 4-0 lead.
d’Arnaud’s 3-hit Game:
Travis d’Arnaud entered the game batting just .103 (3-for-29) since joining the Rays. He finished the game matching his hit total with Tampa Bay finishing 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of doubles.
Robertson 2-RBI double:
Daniel Robertson entered the game in the second longest RBI-less streak of his career( (15 games) His career long is 16 straight games (May 7 through 29, 2017). He ended the streak in the eighth inning lining a 2-RBI double to the wall in left giving the Rays a 6-2 lead.
Sanchez Leaves With Finger Injury:
Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 3.75 ERA) departed the game after three innings with an avulsion on his right middle fingernail. He allowed 1-run on six hits while striking out one and walking two. The loss drops the Blue Jays to 21-33 on the season.
Jacob Waguespack made his big league debut and worked four innings allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out seven and walking one.
Rays Injury Notes:
Mike Zunino (strained quad) is hoping to begin playing in rehab games this week and return to the team during the upcoming road trip (June 4-9).
Michael Perez (oblique) is hoping to begin playing in rehab games this coming weekend. There is no timetable set for his return.
Joey Wendle (wist) is hitting off a tee and playing catch. He hopes to return sometime in June.
Yandy Diaz (hand) did not swing a bat in Cleveland and his return to the lineup is unclear.
Tampa Bay and Toronto will play the second of three on Tuesday evening at 7:10. The Rays will Ryne Stanek (0-1, 3.18 ERA) as the opener. It is expected the Ryan Yarbrough (3-1, 6.38 ERA) is expected to be the bulk guy. Toronto will start Clayton Richard (0-0, 2.25 ERA).