In Loss, Rays Glasnow Turns Negative Into A Growth Moment

Glasnow Responds After Rough First Inning

The Tampa Bay Rays fell to the Boston Red Sox 5-2 on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 3.38 ERA) allowed five runs (four earned) in 6.2-innings of work. He allowed three hits while striking out four and walking three. He threw 94 pitches with 50 for strikes.

Tampa Bay falls to 62-61 on the season and are now 4-4 on their 9-game road trip. They continue to struggle against Boston dropping 11 of the 15 games between the two teams.

David Price (13-6, 3.69 ERA) worked seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out eight and walking two. The only runs he allowed came on C.J. Cron‘s 23rd homer of the season, a 2-run shot in the sixth. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth inning and was credited with his 37th save. The win improves the Red Sox gaudy record to 88-36 on the season.

Glasnow’s Turns Around:

While there certainly isn’t any gloss from Tyler Glasnow’s overall pitching line, there certainly was a big positive to takeaway.

His first inning was a disaster. After striking out Mookie Betts to open the game he gave up back-to-back doubles to Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland.  Then the wheels came off for the young righty as he issued three consecutive walks, the last of which forced in Boston’s second run.

What he needed was a way out of the inning and it looked as if a Brock Holt groundball could have led to an inning ending double play. Unfortunately for Glasnow, the normally strong fielding Jake Bauers threw the ball into left field allowing two more runs to score.

It was the Red Sox own baserunning that helped Glasnow escape further damage. Ian Kinsler attempted to steal third. Glasnow stepped off the rubber and threw to Matt Duffy who tagged Kinsler out. Brock Holt somehow was hung up between first and second and was also tagged out by Duffy to end the inning.

It was an ugly inning for Glasnow who allowed four runs (three earned) on two hits walking three and striking out just one. He needed 28 pitches to get through the frame. The first inning was ugly and the start had disaster written all over it.

Then everything straightened itself out and he dominated the Red Sox lineup retiring 17 of the last 18 batters he faced. The only hit he allowed was a solo homer to J.D. Martinez. No shame there, it was Martinez’s 38th homer

Rays Manager Kevin Cash said that it was “very encouraging” how Glasnow turned things around after the rough first.  “The first inning was such a fluke for him. For all of us. A lot of odd things.” He said. “The strike throwing kind of eluded him for whatever reason, but he’s gotta take a lot of positives from that outing.”
“The adjustment was that he started to get efficient. He started to challenge the guys earlier in the count, didn’t fall behind. I know they squared some balls up but to give up four, then give up a homer to J.D. Martinez, and that’s it was very very impressive to work that deep into the ball game.”

After the rough start to the game, Tyler Glasnow was happy to get as deep as he did. “In Pittsburgh, things like that would happen and I wasn’t able to go out and complete the day,” Glasnow said. “So I’m definitely happy going out after the first inning and getting through six and two-thirds.”

Up Next For Rays:

Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins
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The Rays will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday afternoon at 1:05. Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.63 ERA) makes his first big league start. Boston will turn to Hector Velazquez (7-0, 2.77 ERA) in place of the injured Chris Sale.