The Tampa Bay Rays lost Tyler Glasnow to injury and the opening game of their three game series with the New York Yankees by a score of 4-3.
Glasnow (6-1, 1.86 ERA) takes his first loss of the season working 5.1-innings allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out five and walking two.
Tampa Bay falls to 23-14 on the season and hold just a 1/2 game lead over the Yankees in the AL East. The Rays have lost their last two games and in those games have gone 1-for-24 with runners in scoring position. They had their leadoff hitter on base in five of the nine innings tonight but were only able to bring home one of the runners.
Domingo German (7-1, 2.70 ERA) worked five innings for the win allowing three runs on five hits while striking out five and walking two. Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth to pick up his ninth save of the season. With the win the Yankees improve to 23-15.
Glasnow Departs With Forearm Injury:
The Tampa Bay Rays and their fans will be holding their collective breath after Tyler Glasnow departed the game after throwing a pitch in the sixth inning. The team announced that he departed with right forearm tightness and will be evaluated further on Saturday.
The best case scenario would be a strain of some kind, the worst case would be a ulnar collateral ligament tear putting him out of action most likely until the 2021 season.
“I feel fine honestly. I don’t really feel it.” Glasnow said. “I threw like six pitches to end the inning and all of them I felt a little tightness in there. I thought I would shut it down with a precautionary reason.”
New York jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. An inning that went wrong from the start. DJ LeMahieu reached on an error and eventually came in to score on a wild pitch. Gleyber Torres plated the Yankees second run with an RBI single.
It was Meadows first game back after a stint on the IL (right thumb strain). He has seven homers in 21 games and 78 at-bats, passing his total from 59 games and 178 at-bats during his 2018 rookie season split between the Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“I felt good. I felt comfortable at the plate.” Meadows said. “I am just trying to do everyting I can to make it game-line and I felt like it was fun tonight. I felt good.”
Choi has now homered three times in his last 38 at-bats after starting the season on a homerless drought spanning 57 at-bats.
The lead was short lived as Gary Sanchez hit just the fifth ball of Tropicana Fields A-ring, turning what would have normally been a pop out into a single. “Me and Yandy [Diaz] lost the ball. It took a couple of seconds to come back.” Willy Adames explained. “We lost it and we couldn’t get there on time to catch it.”
Clint Frazier followed with a soft single moving Sanchez to second. Gleyber Torres struck out for the first out and Tyler Glasnow motioned to the Rays dugout to remove him from the game.
The Rays had an opportunity to tie the game in their half of the seventh loading the bases off a wild Adam Ottavino. Tommy Pham ran the count full but swung at a nasty slider out of the zone for the first out. Ji-Man Choi followed with a line drive that deflected off Ottavino to DJ LeMahieu who touched second and threw to first for the inning ending double play.
Kevin Cash said that Adam Ottavino did a good job for making some pitches. “He kind of put himself in a bind by not finding the strike zone and we had good at-bats and then he really battled with Tommy [Pham] and got a big strikeout.”
After Wednesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks the Rays sent Nate Lowe back to the Triple-A Durham Bulls. Prior to this evening’s game Tampa Bay placed catcher Mike Zunino on the 10-day injury list (right quad strain) and optioned Andrew Velazquez (retroactive to yesterday) to Durham.
Austin Meadows was reinstated from the injury list (right thumb strain) and they recalled Casey Sadler from Durham and purchased the contract of Anthony Benboom from Durham. The 40-man roster is now full at 50.
Rays Acquire d’Arnaud:
Prior to the game the Rays acquired veteran catcher Travis d’Arnaud from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster the Rays moved Matt Duffy from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list.
The right handed hitting catcher appeared in 11 games with the Mets batting just .087 (2-for-23) before being released. He signed with the Dodgers and appeared in one game going 0-for-1.
He had Tommy John surgery in 2018 and only appeared in four games with the Mets. In parts of seven big league seasons he’s hit .242/.303/.400 spanning 1495 plate appearances.