Rays Offensive Woes Continue In VictoryFollow @Steve_Kinsella1
It took 13 innings but the Tampa Bay Rays finally scored to defeat the Detroit Tigers 1-0.
Tampa Bay entered the 13th inning on a woeful stretch of 29 scoreless innings, the second longest such streak in franchise history according to Stats, LLC.
Their bats had struggled going hitless in their last 24 plate appearances with runners in scoring position. They had a chance to win the game in the 11th but Travis d’Arnaud grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and one out to end the threat. It was the 17th consecutive at-bat with the bases loaded without a hit for Tampa Bay.
The Rays finally broke through in the 13th when Eric Sogard extended his career best on-base streak to 28 games with a 2-out double. Tommy Pham was intentionally walked and Mike Brosseau pinch-hit for Diego Castillo. Brosseau delivered a single to score Sogard with the winning run to give Tampa Bay the 1-0 victory.
“Sometimes offenses go through these tough patches. Ideally they don’t go over consistent days.” Manager Kevin Cash said of the offensive struggles. “We’ve kind of been in it now for basically the last three games. I know Tommy [Pham] hit the two-run homer in the 1st inning in San Diego. Stay at it. It’s not alays going to come easy. It’s really a tough league.”
It was Brossseau’s first ever career walk-off hit. “It felt amazing.” He said. “To be put in that situation and come through for this team, who played an unbelievable game. I know the offense wasn’t necessarily where we wanted it to be all game, but the way our pitching staff held it down all game gave us a chance at the end. I’m happy to pull through for them.”
Colin Poche (3-4, 5.29 ERA) picks up the win for Tampa Bay who improve to 72-52 on the season and maintain their grip on the second wild card over the Oakland Athletics who defeated the Houston Astros 8-4 earlier in the day.
Matt Hall (0-1, 6.43 ERA) takes the loss for the Tigers who fall to 37-83 on the year. It was the seventh walk-off walk for Detroit this season. They were shutout for the 14th time this season.
Yarbrough Continues To Roll:
Yarbrough worked 6.1 innings allowing one run on just three hits, striking out 10, walking none, and hitting one batter. He threw 83 pitches with 65 for strikes. His 10 strikeouts was a career best in delivering his third scoreless start of the season. he has thrown 17.2 consecutive scoreless innings.
Rays Bullpen Dominates:
Chaz Roe struck out the only two batters he faced, Nick Anderson struck out the side in his scoreless inning, Emilio Pagan struck out four in his two scoreless innings, and Diego Castillo struck out three in working two scoreless innings. Colin Poche worked the 13th inning and retired the side in order including a pair of strikeouts.
Tigers Pitching Stifles Rays’ Bats:
Jordan Zimmermann started for Detroit and held the Rays scoreless for five innings on just one hit while striking out five and walking none. He threw 69 pitches with 39 for strikes.
McKay had to wiggle out of a jam in the 11th to keep it scoreless as the Rays loaded the bases with 1-out. Ramirez was able to induce the double play ball off the bat of Travis d’Arnaud to end the Rays threat.
Anderson Continues Domination:
Nick Anderson worked a scoreless eighth striking out the side. In 17 innings sine being acquired by Tampa Bay, Anderson has allowed one hit and struck out 17 batters. He’s retired 21 batters in a row. The only hit he has allowed since joining Tampa Bay was a double to Andrew Benintendi, the first batter he faced as a member of the Rays back on August 1st.
Strikeouts Rule The Day:
Tampa Bay’s pitching staff tied a franchise record with 18 strikeouts in a 9-inning game. Yarbrough struck out 10, Roe a pair, Anderson and Pagan each struck out three prior to the end of the ninth. It marked the seventh time in franchise history the Rays have struck out 18 in a nine inning game, most recently on August 13th against the San Diego Padres.
The 18 strikeouts by the Rays staff tied the franchise record for strikeouts at home in a 9-inning game. It had been done three times previously, the last time on September 29, 2018 versus the Toronto Blue Jays.
Their 24 strikeout sets the franchise mark for a game of any duration at Tropicana Field besting the previous mark of 19 which had been done three times, most recently May 8, 2019 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Their 24 strikeouts also breaks the franchise mark set for any game besting the 22 strikeouts in an 18 inning game against the Minnesota Twins on June 27th.
The Rays pitching staff struck out 24 batters without issuing a walk, setting a new major league record for strikeouts without a walk. To be part of the record setting performance was “pretty cool” in the words of Emilio Pagan. Who added. “Yarbrough set the tone from pitch one. We were in a lot of plus coutns and we were able to execute when we were ahead.”
Trevor Richards has been added to the taxi-squad ahead of his activation on Sunday. Prior to Saturday’s game Manager Kevin Cash noted that Richards would serve in some capacity Sunday whether as an opener or a traditional starter. After the game, Peter Fairbanks was optioned to Durham to make room for Richards on the roster.
Tampa Bay will conclude their season series against the Tigers Sunday afternoon at 1:10. Trevor Richards (3-12, 4.50 ERA) will make his Rays debut. Detroit will counter with Matt Boyd (6-9, 4.38 ERA).