Rays Will Meet Oakland In Wild Card Game, Only Question Is Where?
The Cleveland Indians did their part by losing to the Washington Nationals 8-2. With the Tribe’s loss in the books Emilio Pagan took the mound in the 9th inning with Tampa Bay holding a 6-2 lead and looking to put the Blue Jays away and earn a spot in the 2019 postseason.
Rowdy Tellez was retired for the first out on a groundball to Daniel Robertson. Vladimir Guerrero was blown away with a 98 mile per hour fastball for the second out. Reese McGuire worked the count full before sending a ground ball to first baseman Nate Lowe who took it to the bag unassisted for the final out.
With their 6-2 win Tampa Bay will meet the Oakland Athletics in the Wild Card game Wednesday night. The only question that remains is will be which Bay will the game be played. Currently, the Athletics have a 1-game lead and own the tie breaker and finish the season with three games in Seattle against the Mariners.
It’s the fifth time in franchise history, along with the 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2013 squads, that the team has made the postseason.
Oliver Drake (5-2, 3.21 ERA) picks up the win for Tampa Bay who improve to 96-64 on the season. With victories Saturday and Sunday they would establish a new franchise mark for wins in a season.
Glasnow Building Up And Pitchers Strong Once Again:
Tyler Glasnow started for Tampa bay and delivered 4.1-innings of scoreless and hitless baseball while striking out four and walking two. He threw 66 pitches with 35 for strikes.
Colin Poche worked 1.2-scoreless frames, Chaz Roe allowed a hit to the only batter he faced, Oliver Drake allowed a pair of runs in two innings, and Emilio Pagan shut the door working a perfect ninth.
The Rays opened the scoring on a Tommy Pham 2-run homer in the top of the third inning, his 21st on the year. Willy Adames delivered a 2-out RBI single to score Nate Lowe in the 4th inning to push the Rays lead to 3-0.
The Blue Jays cut the Rays lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh when Teoscar Hernandez hit a 2-run homer off Oliver Drake. It was Hernandez’s 24th homer.
Tampa Bay answered Toronto scoring twice in the top of the eighth. Avisail Garcia singled to score pinch-runner Johnny Davis from third and Nate Lowe advanced to third. Willy Adames struckout swinging but the ball got past Reese McGuire whose throw went past a sliding Adames allowing Lowe to push the lead to 5-2.
Austin Meadows led off the top of the ninth inning with his 33rd homer of the season pushing the Rays up 6-2.