The Tampa Bay Rays won their fifth straight game defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 to improve to 86-59 on the season. They conclude their 10-game homestand with a 9-1 record. The win ties the franchise mark for the best 3-series homestand joining the 9-1 mark with the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, and Houston Astros from July 5 though 14, 2013.
With the win the Rays sweep the Blue Jays marking their first four game sweep since August 20 through 23, 2018 against the Kansas City Royals. It’s just their second four game sweep since the 2013 season and their first ever four game sweep of the Blue Jays.
The Rays improved to 63-20 when scoring first and 62-8 when scoring five or more runs.
Trevor Richards (5-12, 4.18 ERA) took over for Tyler Glasnow in the third inning and is credited with the win after working 2.2-innings of scoreless baseball allowing a hit while striking out two and walking one.
Jacob Waguespack (4-4, 4.55 ERA) took the loss for the Blue Jays who fall to 55-89 on the year. Waguespack worked 4.1-innings and was charged with six earned runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking two.
Tyler Glasnow last pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays on May 10th against the the New York Yankees. He departed that game in the sixth inning when he felt an awkward pain in his right forearm.
Glasnow was sharp in the first inning striking out the side and averaging 99 miles per hour on his fastball. It took him all of 12 pitches to retire the side, nine for strikes.
The Blue Jays got to Glasnow in the second when Glasnow’s control and velocity were a little less sharp as the adrenaline of his return diminished. He allowed a leadoff walk to Vladimir Guerrero and a 2-run homer to Randal Grichuk but avoided further damage in a 29 pitch second inning.
Overall, Glasnow worked two innings allowing a pair of earned runs on one hit while striking out five and walking two. He made 41 pitches with 25 for strikes. His fastball velocity averaged 97.6 miles per hour with a maximum of 100.2 mph.
“Good, it feels really good to be back.” Glasnow said. “Nice to that atmosphere and go out there and compete with all the guys. Definitely feels good.”
Meadows Continues His Assault On Toronto Pitching:
Austin Meadows put the Rays up 1-0 by belting a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning. It was his 28th homer of the season. Meadows is batting .536/.594/1.107 (15-for-28) with four doubles, four homers and nine RBI against Toronto this season.
Meadows homer extended his hitting streak to eight games. Nineteen of his 28 homers this season have come against AL East opponents.
Blue Jays Respond In Second:
The Blue Jays came back to take the lead in the second inning as Tyler Glasnow walked Vladimir Guerrero to open the inning and then Randal Grichuk hit a 2-run homer to center to give Toronto a 2-1 lead. It was Grichuk’s 25th home of the season.
Robertson With Another Key Hit:
Up til now, the 2019 season has been comprised mostly of negative outcomes for Daniel Robertson, including missing time to a knee injury. After his two key hits during Saturday’s 5-3 Rays win, he admitted that he had opened his batting stance up and stopped thinking so much. He didn’t want to talk about mechanics, he just wanted to keep his mind clear to “see ball, hit ball”. On Sunday, he once again came through with a key hit delivering a 2-RBI triple in the bottom of the second to put the Rays back on top 3-2.
Rays Extend Lead With Three In Fifth:
Avisail Garcia sent a fly ball to center that Teoscar Hernandez took a poor route on allowing it to bounce on the warning track and over the wall scoring Joey Wendle. Ji-Man Choi followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Austin Meadows. Travis d’Arnaud capped the inning with a double to score Garcia and push the Rays lead to 6-2.
Garcia Crushes Homer In Seventh:
Avisail Garcia obliterated a Sam Gaviglio sinker hitting it 456 feet with an exit velocity of 110.8 miles per hour. It was Garcia’s 19th homer of the season and it gave the Rays a 8-2 lead.
Banda Makes Season Debut:
Anthony Banda underwent Tommy John surgery last July 14th. He made his return to the mound in the ninth inning and allowed a leadoff double to Rowdy Tellez and a RBI single from Vladimir Guerrero before retiring Randall Grichuk for the first out.
He ended up just allowing one run in his inning of work. “It was good. The results are what they are. Overcoming the emotions and seeing myself out on the big league mound, it was a good accomplishment.” Banda said. “Obviously, there’s still some work to be done (for) the results to get better. Overall, I felt good and it’s been a long road.”
With Bands’a appearance, the Rays have used a club-record 56 players and 33 pitchers.