Rays Drop Yet Another 1-Run Game
Yoan Moncada‘s 10th inning double led the Chicago White Sox to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Jose Alvarado (1-4, 2.54 ERA) takes the loss for the Rays who fall to 56-54 on the season. The loss snaps the Rays three game win streak, and it was the fourth consecutive loss when a win would have brought them back to a season-high-tying four games over .500.
The Rays are now 2-2 versus Chicago this season and all four games have been decided by 1-run. Overall, Tampa Bay falls to 20-24 in 1-run games on the season.
How It Happened:
Daniel Robertson led off the eighth inning with a double ending Giolito’s night. Robertson also came up holding his hand and after the inning he exited the game. It was reported to be a left thumb strain. He will be reevaluated on Saturday when he’ll have an MRI. His left thumb was in a splint after the game, Robertson did not seem encouraged.
Ryne Stanek dominated the White Sox, striking out all five batters he faced. He is the first starter since Baseball Reference data is available (1908) to go longer than one inning pitched and strike out every batter faced.
“It felt pretty good.” Stanek said. “Throwing the ball pretty much where I wanted it for the most part except for the longer at-bat to [Yoan] Moncada. Everything felt pretty good today.”
Jaime Schultz allowed the 2-run homer to Jose Abreu in 2.1-innings of work. It was the first homer Schultz has surrendered in his big league career (9 appearances).
Austin Pruitt relieved Schultz holding Chicago scoreless for two innings. After the game, Pruitt was optioned to Durham to make way for the activation of Blake Snell off the disabled list.
After tying the game Sergio Romo worked a scoreless ninth. Jose Alvarado got the first two hitters in the tenth before allowing a double to Nicky Delmonico. Adam Engle entered the game as a pinch runner for Delmonico. Tim Anderson was walked intentionally and Yoan Moncada delivered a RBI double scoring Engle. Anderson was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
— Tim Williams (@TimWritesSports) August 4, 2018
Pham Lands On DL:
Two Games! He appeared in just two games before heading to the disabled list! Newly acquired outfielder Tommy Pham was hit in the right foot by the Angels Andrew Heaney in the fourth inning on Thursday afternoon.
He stayed in the game but departed after the sixth inning for x-rays which were negative. Upon further evaluation today, the fracture was revealed. The Rays hope he can return to action in a month. Adam Kolarek was recalled from Durham to take his place on the roster.
Up Next For Rays:
Blake Snell makes his return to the mound Saturday night at 6:10 pm. He last pitched in the All-Star game and was placed on the disabled list on July 23rd after experiencing shoulder pain. He’s been the Rays best pitcher this season going 12-5 with a 2.27 ERA. The White Sox counter with Carlos Rodon (3-3, 3.24 ERA).