The Rays went 3-1 this week against their in-state foes, the Florida Marlins. Meanwhile down in Durham, the Bulls continue to pile up the wins. Here is the latest Rays Corner report.
Tampa Bay Rays
On Monday night, the Rays won 4 to 2 over the Marlins, pushing their record to 13-14 on the season. They were able to get this win somehow without Evan Longoria or Kevin Kiermaier in the batting order. Tim Beckham was 1 for 3 with a 2-run double. Daniel Robertson was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Corey Dickerson was 1 for 4 with a run scored and drew a walk. Jake Odorizzi (ND) went 5 innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and struck out 6 in his return. Danny Farquhar (1-1) got the win while Alex Colome got his 6th save of the year.
On Tuesday night the Rays won 3 to 1 to get back to .500 and end the road trip with another win against the Marlins. Tim Beckham was 0 for 4 but had an RBI while Logan Morrison was 2 for 4 with his 6th home run of the year. Corey Dickerson was 2 for 5 and Derek Norris was 2 for 4 with an RBI as the batting order, with Kiermaier returning and a debut by Colby Rasmus, did not have Evan Longoria again (foot). Alex Cobb (2-2) went 6 innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks and struck out 2 while dealing with a blister issue. Alex Colome struck out the side in the 9th to record his 7th save of the year.
On Wednesday night, the Rays let a lead escape as they fell 10 to 6 to the Marlins, dropping their record to 14-15 (no Dickerson or Rasmus in this game). Kiermaier was 1 for 5 with 2 RBIs while Tim Beckham, hitting lead-off, went 2 for 5. Longoria was 0 for 4 with a sac fly and is hitting just .200 on the year (foot must be bothering him). Peter Bourjos went 3 for 4 with an RBI and scored a run. Blake Snell (ND) went just 5 innings again, allowing 6 hits, 2 runs, walking 3 and struck out 9. Austin Pruitt (3-1) blew this game, allowing 7 hits and 5 runs in just one inning of work. That is not relieving.
On Thursday, the Rays won 5 to 1 over the Marlins, putting back above .500 again at 15-15. Kevin Kiermaier was 1 for 3 with an RBI and scored a run (seriously though, he, Longoria, and Miller are all lost at the plate). Tim Beckham hit 2, 2-run home runs (6 on the year) while Derek Norris went 1 for 3 with a walk and scored a run. Matt Andriese (2-0) went 7 inning, allowing 5 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 8. Alex Colome recorded his 8th save of the year to close out the game.
The Rays will host Toronto for a 3-game series starting Friday night with Chris Archer taking the mound at 7:10 PM.
The Bulls were off on Monday and got back to work on Tuesday, beating Gwinnett 6 to 2 to move their record to 17-7 on the year. Mallex Smith was 3 for 5 and scored 2 runs. Jake Bauers was 1 for 2 with an RBI, scored 2 runs, and drew 2 walks while Curt Casali was 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Ryan Yarbrough (2-2) went 5 innings, allowing 6 hits, 2 runs, walking 5 and struck out 7.
On Wednesday, Durham won 5 to 4 over Gwinnett to run their record to 18-7. Willy Adames was 2 for 5 with an RBI and is hitting .222 on the year now. Casey Gillaspie was 3 for 5 with his third home run of the year while Kean Wong was 2 for 4 with his first home run of the year. Yonny Chirinos (1-0) went 6.1 innings, allowing 5 hits, 4 runs and struck out 4.
On Thursday, the Bulls got rained out from their Gwinnett series finale. They will face Norfolk on Friday at 7:05 PM.