The Rays threw nine innings today without a hit, but while the no-no was erased during the wild tenth inning, home player Kevin Kiermaier secured Tampa a 3-2 victory. Six different Rays pitchers teamed up to keep the Red Sox shots free of intervention or overtaking the first nine innings of the game, but the Tampa Bay squad was also eliminated (for two hits) against Boston pitching. The Sox eventually made it to two hits and two runs at the top of the 10th place, but the Rays shouted back in the lower half of the inning so they could be the most unusual victory of their season.
This is the 15th time in Major League history, when a potential non-attacker was broken after an extra inning, and only for the second time, when more than one pitcher threw such a game. Matt Garza’s gemstone from July 26, 2010 remains the only failure in the history of the Rays franchise. Tampa was at the wrong end of the match five times, with three of those five being perfect games (by Mark Buehrle, Dallas Braden and Felix Hernandez).
A few more notes from St. Pete…
- Seiya Suzuki was known to be on the Rays finish list during the offseason and the club was clearly ready to make a big investment. Jon Heyman of The New York Post says Rays’ offer for Suzuki was “close” to a $ 85 million five-year deal that the outfielder eventually won from the Cubs. Between this pressure on Suzuki and the Rays’ even more surprising interest in Freddie Freeman last winter, this could indicate that Tampa Bay is ready to be more financially aggressive than usual in the World Series hunt, which could pave the way for some. interesting business opportunities with the approaching deadline. The Rays also seem to have had something to do with Suzuki, given how on fire the first two weeks of his Major League career.
- Ryan Yarbrough is set to begin rehabilitation on Triple-A today, Rays manager Kevin Cash told Marc Topkin and other reporters from The Tampa Bay Times. If all goes well, it could lead Yarbrough to activate from the 10-day wounded list in time for the Rays to play against the Mariners on Thursday. Yarbrough has not started this season due to a groin injury. Yarbrough, who has worked as a booster, opener, bowler and traditional starter for four seasons at MLB, has an ERA of 4.30 for 499 2/3 shifts in his career with Tampa.