Pham Slam, Snell’s Arm Lead Rays To Blowout Win Over Arizona

Tampa Bay Rays Defeat Arizona Diamondbacks
Tampa Bay Rays’ Tommy Pham hits a grand slam off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, May 6, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Tommy Pham hit his first career grand slam en route to a 12-1 Tampa Bay Rays blowout victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 12 runs were a season high for Tampa Bay. Their previous high was 11 runs against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 12th.

With the win Tampa Bay improves to 22-12 on the season matching their season high water mark of 10-games over .500.

Blake Snell (3-3, 3.62 ERA) retired the first 17 batters before allowing a single to Ildemaro Vargas. Snell worked six innings allowing just the one hit, hitting a batter, while striking out nine and walking none.

Chaz Roe worked a scoreless eighth inning but his problems with control persisted as he walked two batters. He has now issued 11 walks in 9.2 innings of work on the season. Last year he walked just 16 in 50.1-innings of work.

Casey Sadler worked the final two frames allowing an unearned run.

Merrill Kelly (3-3, 4.85 ERA) started for the Diamondbacks and allowed seven runs on seven hits, hitting a batter, walking a batter, while striking out two. With the loss, Arizona falls to 20-15 on the year.

Zack Godley allowed three earned runs in three innings and catcher John Ryan Murphy allowed a 2-run homer to Avisail Garcia in his one inning of work.

Rays Notes:

Ji-Man Choi‘s RBI groundout gave the Rays a 1-0 lead in the first inning. They have now outscored the opposition 31-11.

Brandon Lowe delivered an RBI single in the seventh to extend his batting streak to a career high 10 straight.

Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4 with his fifth homer of the season. He drove in three runs and scored three times. He is currently on a seventh game hitting streak.

Nate Lowe had his first multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with a walk. It was also his first game in which he reached base three times.

Daniel Robertson walked twice and delivered a RBI double finishing the night 1-for-2 with 3 RBI. He has 13 RBI on the season with 11 coming in his last 13 games (all starts).

Mike Zunino finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Andrew Velazquez, working in his first game of the season, committed an error allowing Arizona’s lone run to score.

Roster Moves:

Prior to the game the Tampa Bay Rays sent reliever Wilmer Font to the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Additionally, Ryan Yarbrough was sent to Triple-A Durham to continue getting consistent work in their rotation.

Andrew Velazquez makes his second appearance with the Rays but he has yet to appear in a game. With the Durham Bulls he’s hit .290/.347/.495 with 3 homers and 15 RBI spanning 101 plate appearances.

Replacing Font on the roster is right handed reliever Casey Sadler who was demoted Sunday morning. Normally, a player has to stay in the minors for 10 days before returning but these restrictions are lifted in the event of an injury or a trade. Sadler has appeared in a pair of games with Tampa Bay this season delivering four scoreless innings. He also pitched to a 1.84 ERA with the Bulls spanning 14.2-innings of work.

Up Next:

Rays Stanek Opens Again
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Tampa Bay and Arizona will play the middle game of their three game series on Tuesday night at 7:10. Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.81 ERA) will get the start for Tampa Bay. Arizona will counter with Taylor Clarke (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

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