Snell Works Multiple Innings In Wild Affair
Blake Snell stood alone in the center of the diamond. A cool 60-feet 6-inches from home plate. The tall lanky lefty took his customary deep breath, mentally prepared himself to deliver his first pitch, and fired a 98 mile per hour fastball toward home plate. Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras turned on the center cut pitched and cleared the wall in left for a solo home run.
Allowing a home run in the All-Star game isn’t the blemish as in days past. The game featured 10 homers in the American League’s 10-6 victory over the National League.
It was the only run that Snell gave up in 1.2-innings of work walking two and striking out three, including Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.
“I was a little nervous, really excited, a lot of mixed emotions,” Snell told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. “It was great. I had a fun time. I’m happy it’s over, I’m happy to go see my family and enjoy the moment.”
Snell was named to the All-Star game as a replacement for Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians, but was in consideration to start the game. In 20 starts this season he is 12-5 with a 2.27 ERA (30ER/119-IP). He has struck out 134 batters (10.1 K/9) while walking 47 (3.6 BB/9).
Ramos Heading To DL:
Wilson Ramos also represented Tampa Bay in the game but was unable to play due to a hamstring injury suffered the day before the break in an attempt to beat out an infield single in Minnesota.
Ramos is fully healed from an ACL injury at the end of the 2015 season. He has responded to hit .297/.346/.488 with 14 homers and 53 runs driven in. He will open the second half of the season on the disabled list. The severity of the injury and the estimated time on the shelf has not been determined. He will return to St. Pete today and be examined by doctors and further word will be coming.
Once healthy, depending on how long he is out, he will be one of the Rays top trade chips and according to MLB Trade Rumors is ranked the fourth most valuable trade target in baseball.