Snell Pushing His Way Into Cy Young Discussion
Blake Snell worked six strong innings as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-1.
Snell (15-5, 2.07 ERA) allowed just one run in his six innings of work while striking out 11 and walking one. He threw 101-pitches with 67 for strikes. It was his longest outing and most number of pitches since July 7th when he worked 7.1-innings throwing 112 pitches against the New York Mets.
Snell also sets a new MLB record with his 13th straight start at home allowing an earned run of fewer. He passes Max Lanier of the St. Louis Cardinal who held the record with 12 from June 10, 1943 through May 7, 1944.
The only run he allowed came on a homer to lefty Ryan O’Hearn with two out in the fifth. The only other left handed hitter to homer on Snell this season was Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers. The homer ended the Rays scoreless inning streak at a franchise tying mark of 27-innings (2013).
The win marks the Rays third in a row and eight in their last 12 as they improve to 64-61 on the year.
Glenn Sparkman (0-2, 5.25 ERA) takes the loss as Kansas City falls to 50-games under .500 at 38-88 on the season. The Royals have lost all five games against the Rays this season.
Willy Adames got the scoring going for the Rays blasting a home run off the C-ring in 2nd inning. It was the fifth homer to hit the C-Ring this season.
The game was particularly frustrating as the offense left a lot of meat on the bone going just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Pham Departs With Dislocated Finger After Strong Night:
Tommy Pham went 3-for-4 on the night but had to depart the game in the eighth inning after dislocating his right ring finger diving back to first on a pickoff play. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter), x-rays were negative and Pham is considered day-to-day.
Adames Continues To Sting The Baseball:
Willy Adames went 3-for-4 on the night including his seventh homer of the season. He’s batting .378 (17-for-45) over his last 14 games, raising his season average from .209 to .253.
Nuno’s Second Rehab Outing:
Rays lefty Vidal Nuno, on the disabled list with a hamstring injury since July 4, made his second rehab start with the Charlotte Stone Crabs. He worked three scoreless frames allowing three hits striking out four and walking none. He threw 36 pitches with 30 for strikes.
Up Next For The Rays:
Tampa Bay and Kansas City play the third game of their four game set on Wednesday night at 7:10. Tampa Bay will use Ryne Stanek (1-3, 2.68 ERA) as the opener. The Royals counter with Jakob Junis (6-11, 4.76 ERA).
The Rays are a season high four games over .500 and will look to get to 5-games over for the first time since July 21, 2017.