Rays Avoid Sweep Defeat White Sox 4-2
Blake Snell (6-7, 4.28 ERA) picks up the win for Tampa Bay who see their 5-game losing streak come to an end and improve to 57-45 on the season. Adam Kolarek worked the ninth inning picking up his first save of the season and third of his career.
The Rays scored all four of their runs thanks to a Travis d’Arnaud grand slam in the second inning. It’s just the second time in franchise history that Tampa Bay has won a game with all four runs scoring ona grand slam. The other win came on a a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on August 18, 1998. Terrell Lowery hit that grand slam.
“It was huge. We really needed it because there wasn’t much after that.” Manager Kevin Cash said. “Travis has been swinging a pretty hot bat for us. He’s come up with some big home runs as of late. That was a really big one. Just kind of relaxed the dugout a little bit that we put a crooked number up there rather than a missed opportunity.”
It wasn’t a banner day for the Rays offense which only managed three hits against the White ox pitching. It’s the first time the Rays have won a game managing three hits or less since April 123, 2015 against the Toronto Blue Jays and the first time at home since August 21, 2014 against the Tigers.
Dylan Cease (1-2, 6.19 ERA) takes the loss working five innings allowing four earned runs on three hits whiles striking out four and walking four. The loss drops the White Sox to 44-52 on the season.
Chicago has now lost seven of their last 10 games and 10 of their last 13. Despite the win over the Rays, they lose the season series to Tampa Bay.
d’Arnaud’s Slam Gives Rays An Early Lead:
Dylan Cease struggled with his command during a 44-pitch second inning and the Rays took advantage. Cease issued a pair of walks to Yandy Diaz and Joey Wendle bunched around a single to Avisail Garcia to load the bases. Travis d’Arnaud delivered his first career Grand Slam to put the Rays on top 4-0. It was his 10th home run of the season.
Snell Outstanding Through Six Scoreless:
Blake Snell worked six scoreless innings allowing three hits while striking out 10 and walking two. He threw a season high 109 pitches with 70 for strikes. It’s the most pitches Snell has thrown in a game since last July 7th in a game against the New York Mets.
He struggled in the first inning allowing a leadoff single and a walk to Leury Garcia and Yoan Moncada. Garcia stole second and third and Moncada second. Garcia attempted to score when a ball got away from Travis d’Arnaud but Snell wisely covered home and tagged out Garcia.
Kevin Kiermaier Dodges A Bullet:
Kiermaier dove head first into first base in the bottom of the eighth inning last night and sprained his thumb in the process. He had an MRI which revealed that the ligament is intact and surgery is not necessary. He is expected to miss 10-14 days. “It’s the best news I could have received given what happened and what I’ve dealt with the last couple of years.” Kiermaier said. Kiermaier has been placed on the 10-day injury list and Guillermo Heredia has been recalled to take his spot on the roster.
Robertson Set To Begin Rehab:
Daniel Robertson went on the IL due to knee inflammation on June 21st and had surgery on June 24th to remove loose bodies from his right knee. He is set to begin a rehab assignment with the Charlotte Stone Crabs on Monday.
Matt Duffy should arrive back in St. Petersburg this afternoon and will be activated off the IL sometime during the upcoming series against the Boston Red Sox. Duffy has been on the IL all year with a hamstring and lower back injury.
Lowe Progress Slower Than Expected:
Brandon Lowe is still not moving well while fielding groundballs and his recovery is taking longer than expected. There is still no timetable set for his return.
Up Next For Rays:
Tampa Bay will host the Boston Red Sox for three games beginning Monday night at 7:05. Jalen Beeks (5-0, 2.78 ERA) will make his second career start and first as a member of the Rays. Boston will start Eduardo Rodriguez (11-4, 4.34 ERA).