Stanek Earns First Big League Win
Mallex Smith delivered a 2-out RBI single in the top of the 13th. It was the only run needed as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Oakland Athletics 1-0.
Two days after making his first major league start, Ryne Stanek (1-0, 3.24 ERA) picks up his first big league win. Jonny Venters struck out Matt Olson to end the game picking up his first save of the year. It was his first save since August 22, 2011 while with the Atlanta Braves.
With the victory, the Rays get back to the .500 mark and have now won three straight games and four out of their last five. It was their first shutout of the season. They also improve to 6-12 all-time in franchise history on Memorial Day.
“This was a Rays baseball game, that’s what I’ll say.” Mallex Smith told Michelle Margaux of FoxSports Sun. “We play some nail biters all year and this is just another one on the list.”
To Smith’s point, it’s their 20th game this season scoring two runs or less and they are 2-8 in those games. They’ve also played 20 1-run game and are 8-12 in those contests.
It’s just the second time in franchise history the Rays have won an 1-0 game in extra innings The only other game came on September 13, 2010 at Tropicana Field against the New York Yankees. That game ended in the 11th inning on a walk-off homer by Reid Brignac off Sergio Mitre.
Chris Hatcher (3-2, 4.58 ERA) takes the loss for Oakland who fall to 28-26 on the season. It was the 15th 1-run game for the A’s this season and they are 10-5 in those games.
Pitching Ruled The Day:
“The pitchers were outstanding, we won the game because of them.” Kevin Cash said. “Just buying us time. Your going to get in those games…we talk about it all the time..you have to be able to win 1-0. Sometimes you have to win 2-1.”
Chris Archer delivered six scoreless innings allowing four hits while striking out seven and walking two. Sergio Romo followed Archer and retired the first two batters in the seventh before allowing a single to Stephen Piscotty.
With left-hander Dustin Fowler due up, Jose Alvarado was brought into the game. Right handed hitter Mark Canha pinch hit and grounded to second to end the inning. He remained in the game and retired the side in order in the eighth. He remained in the game and faced two batters in the ninth and they both reached base. Jed Lowrie led off the 9th with a double and Matt Olson walked.
Matt Andriese replaced Alvarado and Chad Pinder attempted a sacrifice bunt but Jesus Sucre threw out Lowrie at third for the innings first out. Andriese retired Matt Chapman on a pop out to third and struck out Stephen Piscotty to end the threat.
In the tenth inning he worked around an error that allowed Mark Canha to reach to lead off the inning. He came back to strike otu Jonathan Lucroy and then induced a double play off the bat. He worked a perfect 11th inning before handing the ball to Ryne Stanek who worked a scoreless 12th.
With the lead and despite a left hander due up, Manager Kevin Cash stuck with Stanek to face the left-handed hitting Matt Joyce. Stanek retired Joyce on a fly out to left, issued a walk to Marcus Semien. He got Jed Lowrie to pop out for the second out. Jonny Venters came in and struck out Matt Olson to end the game.
A’s Arms Stifle Rays:
Trevor Cahill started for Oakland and held the Rays scoreless through eight innings. He allowed four hits while striking out six and walking none. It marked the 15th time in his career that he had gone eight or more scoreless innings in a game. His first since May 27, 2013 against the Texas Rangers when he was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Blake Treinen worked a scoreless ninth, Lou Trivino Yusmeiro Petit, Chris Hatcher each followed with a scoreless inning of their own. Hatcher stayed on to work the 12th inning for Oakland and allowed three consecutive singles with two outs. The final hit from Mallex Smith delivered the eventual game winning run.
The Rays finished the game 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
Jesus Sucre delivered the team’s first hit, a soft single with two out in the third inning. Mallex Smith followed with an opposite field double to push Sucre to third. Unfortunately, C.J. Cron struck out to end the threat.
Oakland Frustrated By Double Plays:
Marcus Semien singled to lead off the fourth, but he was erased on a strike-em-out throw-em-out double play.
Oakland had the bases loaded and one out in the sixth but Matt Olson grounded into a double play to end that threat.
Miller’s Pre-Game Freak Inury:
Brad Miller was originally in the lineup batting leadoff and playing first. Unfortunately, he got hit by a ball while taking batting practice in the cage underneath the centerfield stands. The injury did not require stitches and Miller is considered day-to-day.
Up Next For Rays:
The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland A’s play the second of their three game series tomorrow night at 10:05. Blake Snell (6-3, 2.78 ERA) will take the mound for the Rays. The A’s counter with Daniel Gossett (0-2, 6.28 ERA).