Rays Belt Four Homers In Defeating Marlins 8-6
Eric Sogard homered twice and drove in five runs, Austin Meadows homered in his third straight game, and Willy Adames homered for the fourth time in his last seven games as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Miami Marlins 8-6.
Nick Anderson (1-0, 3.74 ERA) picks up the win for Tampa Bay who improve to 64-48 on the season and extend their winning streak to five straight games. Emilio Pagan worked a scoreless ninth in picking up his ninth save of the season.
The Rays have scored 6 or more runs in six consecutive games after scoring four runs or fewer in their previous 10. This matches their longest such streak in club history.
Jarlin Garcia (2-1, 2.94 ERA) takes the loss for Miami who fall to 42-66 on the season.
Castillo Strong Opening:
Diego Castillo allowed a first pitch double to Miguel Rojas that extended his batting streak to a career tying 10-games. Castillo then retired the next three batters on six pitches to keep the Marlins off the board.
Castillo threw seven of his pitches for strikes to the delight of his manager. “That’s kind of the thought process behind it, [Castillo opening]” Cash said. “Now, get that to translate to later in the ballgame.” Nine of Castillos last 10 appearances since returning from the injured list on July 12th have been scoreless. He’s 0-0 with a 2.35 ERA (2-ER/7.2-IP).
Beeks Struggles Through Four Innings:
Jalen Beeks worked four innings and was charged with four runs three earned on five hits striking out two and walking one. He threw 59 pitches with 35 for strikes. He only registered two swinging strikes on his 59 pitches.
“He can’t find any rhythm right now, he’s in a little bit of a rut right now.” Cash said. “Jalen is totally equipped to go out there and give us some length it’s just not coming easy for him right now”
Marlins Jump Out To Early Lead:
Jalen Beeks allowed a 1-out walk in the second inning and thought he had a possible double play ball but Willy Adames missed second base and the throw to first was late. Jorge Alfaro followed with a single to load the bases for former Ray Cesar Puello. Beeks hit Puello with a pitch while ahead on the count 1-2 to force home the game’s first run. Beeks was able to limit the damage by getting Miguel Rojas to ground into an inning ending double play.
Jorge Alfaro has walked just nine times this season while striking out 103 times. The only other player to walk less than 10 times and strike out over 100 times was former Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo who in 2006 struck out 103 times and walked nine times in 452 plate appearances.
Rays Answer On Sogards First Homer:
Tampa Bay struck for a pair of runs in their half of the second when Eric Sogard hit his 11th homer, his first as a Ray, to deep right field. His homer drove in Avisail Garcia who had opened the frame with a walk. It was also Sogard’s first plate appearance at Tropicana Field as a member of the Rays. He becomes the sixth player to homer in his first plate appearance as a Ray at Tropicana Field. The last to do it was Nick Ciuffo on September 7, 2018. Sogard has reached base safely in all four games with the Rays.
Beeks Can’t Get Shutdown Inning, Gives Up Lead:
The Marlins came right back and pushed across three runs in the top of the third, but it could have been worse. Jon Berti doubled to open the inning, Brian Anderson was hit with a pitch, and Neil Walker singled to load the bases. Gerritt Cooper delivered a sacrifice fly to center but Kiermaier hit Willy Adames with a strike and Adames threw out Brian Anderson trying to advance to third. He was originally called safe but the Rays challenged the call and it was overturned. The next pitch Beeks delivered was rocketed out to straight away center by Starlin Castro giving the Marlins a 4-2 lead.
Sogard Gives Rays Lead With Second Homer:
Eric Sogard came up with 2-out and 2-on in the bottom of the third and hit his second homer of the game to give the Rays the 5-4 lead. It was Sogards 12th homer of the season and his first multi-homer of his career. Prior to today’s game, the most home runs he had hit in any season minors or majors had been 10. His five RBI game is also a career high topping his former career high of three (9x, most recently April 18th against Minnesota while he was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Cash Goes With Roe For Two Innings, Doesn’t Work:
Chaz Roe took over and worked a 1-2-3 seventh but ran into trouble in the eighth allowing a pair of runs as the Marlins took a 6-5 lead.
Roe didn’t help himself walking the ninth batter Cesar Puello. Miguel Rojas followed with single to push Puello into scoring position. Travis d’Arnaud attempted to throw behind Puello and had his ball skip into centerfield allowing both runners to advance. Jon Berti delivered an RBI single to tie the game and Brian Anderson delivered a sacrifice fly gave the Marlins the lead.
Roe worked two innings and was charged with two runs, one earned, on two hits while striking out two and walking one. Cash stuck with Roe for the second inning because of his efficient seventh inning and he wanted to avoid having to matchup with every hitter. Additionally, the Marlins are a heavy right handed hitting club.
Meadows Continues Homer Binge:
The Rays answered the Marlins with a run of their own in the bottom of the seventh as Austin Meadows led off the inning belting a solo homer against lefty Jose Quijada. It was Meadows 18th homer of the year and he has now homered in three consecutive games. It’s the fourth time this season he has homered in three consecutive games.
Anderson Brings The Heat:
Nick Anderson entered the game in the eight inning and struck out a pair before getting a groundout to short to end the inning. Originally, Jorge Alafaro was called safe but that was overturned. Anderson threw eight pitches all for strikes. All were fastballs and none were below 95 miles per hour.
Adames Homers With Dad In Attendance:
Willy Adames led off the bottom of the eight with a solo homer, his 14th homer of the year, giving the Rays a 7-6 lead. It was his fourth homer and seventh run driven in over his last six games. It was a special homer for Adames as his dad Romulo was in attendance.
d’Arnaud Caps The Scoring:
Travis d’Arnaud capped the scoring with a 2-out RBI single to give the Rays a 8-6 lead.