Pham’s Walk-Off Extends Rays Win Streak To Five
Tommy Pham was hit on the right knee by a Tanner Scott slider in the eighth inning. Because of the pain in the knee, he was already in a foul mood when he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 10th with the score tied 4-4 and Joey Wendle stationed at second base representing the winning run.
The first pitch from Dillon Tate buzzed him up and in, something he didn’t appreciate. The pitch bothered him, but what annoyed him more was hearing it from the Orioles bench afterwards.
“I’m more frustrated with their dugout hollering after the pitches that were thrown.” Pham said “They were cheering him on that he was buzzing me up and in.”
Pham answered the buzzing by delivering a walk-off single to right to score Joey Wendle with the game winning run giving the Rays a 5-4 win. “Success is revenge.” Pham said. “I got the game winning hit and we won.”
Colin Poche (4-4, 4.87 ERA) picks up the win for the Rays as he worked a scoreless 10th inning. The win extends Tampa Bay’s winning streak to five in a row and they improve to a season high 23 games over .500 at 81-58.
The Rays extend their Wild Card lead to a full game over the idle Oakland A’s and will maintain at the minimum their 1/2-game lead over the Cleveland Indians for the top Wild Card spot. Cleveland takes on the Chicago White Sox Monday night.
Tampa Bay improves to 19-15 in 1-run games but they are 18-8 after a 1-7 start. They have won their last seven such games and are 10-1 in their last 11. They improve to 6-8 in extra-inning games but are 6-4 following an 0-4 start.
Dillon Tate (0-1, 6.35 ERA) takes the loss for Baltimore who see their record fall to 45-92. Asher Wojciechowski held the Rays to four runs on five hits while striking out five and walking one over seven innings of work.
“He threw seven really good innings. Only made a couple bad pitches.” Brandon Hyde said. “The hit-and-run homer and the double by Pham – that hurt us. Love the way we bounced back and tied the game.”
Yarbrough Struggles In Sixth:
With the Rays and Orioles staring at a doubleheader on Tuesday, Rays Manager Kevin Cash was determined to get six innings or more out of Ryan Yarbrough. Heading into the sixth innings the plan seemed to be falling perfectly into place.
Tampa Bay held a 4-0 lead thanks to Austin Meadows 2-run homer in the third inning, his 25th of the year. Tommy Pham doubled in a pair of runs in the fifth to extend the lead to 4-0. Not only was the four run lead comfortable, Yarbrough had only made 63 pitches.
Hanser Alberto led off the sixth with his 11th homer on the year to cut the lead to 4-1. Then the Orioles continued to chip away at Yarbrough’s offerings, spoiling many good pitches by fouling them off, and rallied to tie the game at 4-4.
Mark Trumbo, making his first appearance of 2019, doubled in a pair of runs and Pedro Severino singled in a run on the 13th pitch of his plate appearance to tie the game at 4-4.
“You have to give him [Severino] credit because it was moving in and out. It wasn’t like I was throwing the same pitch over and over again.” Yarbrough said. “I had a lot of belief in what I was doing with the pitch and [it] just kind of came back across the plate and he pushed it through the right side.”
Overall, the Orioles forced Yarbrough to throw 35 pitches ending his afternoon after six innings. The Rays bullpen took over and shut down the Orioles over the final four frames allowing just one hit. Diego Castillo worked the seventh, Oliver Drake the eighth, Emilio Pagan the ninth, and Colin Poche the tenth.
Up Next For The Rays:
Trevor Richards (4-12, 4.29 ERA) will get the start in the first game of the doubleheader for Tampa Bay. The second game will be a bullpen mix depending on who is used in the first game. Richards will be facing the Orioles for a second time as a member of the Rays. He held them scoreless through six innings on August 23rd in Baltimore.
Ty Blach (3-5, 6.54 ERA) will oppose Richards in the first game. The Orioles have not named a starter for the second. Blach faced the Rays on August 23rd and allowed seven earned runs in four innings of work in the Orioles 7-1 loss to Tampa Bay.