After a week of dismal performances, The Tampa Bay Rays are back in their winning ways. The team went 4-2 on the week, splitting one series and winning another against divisional rivals.
The week got off to a good start. The Rays got Monday off to recharge after a sweep at the hands of the Orioles. They then welcomed the Boston Red Sox for a two-game set.
The Rays looked out of sorts to start Tuesday’s game but got into it as the game progressed. A pair of multi-run middle frames gave the Rays the 5-1 win, though.
Wednesday’s matchup against the Sox did not go as well. The Rays’ bats fell asleep as the team was shut out. Ryan Yarbrough allowed five earned runs, including two two-run jacks. Red Sox win 5-0.
The Tampa Bay Rays got another day off on Thursday, as their first game against the Yankees became Saturday night’s game. Friday’s game was a low scoring affair, as the Rays got a 1-0 win behind a short, efficient outing by Blake Snell, and an eighth-inning sac fly.
Saturday’s matinee went the Yankees’ way. Gerrit Cole fanned ten, and New York’s bats came alive, putting up eight runs in just seven innings. The two teams met for a bullpen battle in their second game of the day.
The Rays’ bullpen got the better of the Yankees. The Rays took the chances afforded to them while their pitchers stymied the Yankees. Rays win 5-3.
The rubber match of the set went down to the wire. The Tampa Bay Rays went down 3-0 after a two-run error in the fifth. A three-run seventh tied the game, and a ninth-inning RBI by Michael Perez won the game and the series for the Rays.
AL East Standings
New York Yankees: 10-6 Tampa Bay Rays: 8-8 Baltimore Orioles: 7-7 Boston Red Sox: 6-9 Toronto Blue Jays: 5-8
Batter of the Week
0.267/0.267/0.600, 1 HR, 2 RBI
While Brosseau may not have produced the most runs for the Rays in the last week, he was consistent in his approach and play. He battled through each at-bat he had. In his eight plate appearances, he only struck out three times.
His major scoring contribution came in a big spot. Brosseau hit the first home run of a back-to-back in the seventh inning on Sunday, opening the Rays’ scoring, and getting the team within one.
Pitcher of the Week: Nick Anderson
1.2 IP, 0 ERA, 1 BB, 2 SV, 0.68 WHIP
The new Tampa Bay Rays’ closer was great this week. Even in very limited game time, he severely limited opposing batters. He was asked to fill a big role after last season’s success, and I hope Cash continues to lean on him.
Anderson took the mound more than once against the Yankees. He closed out the bullpen game, collecting a save for his trouble. He also cleaned up after a pair of Diego Castillo walks, allowing no runs and getting out of the inning.
The Week Ahead
The Tampa Bay Rays have a full slate for the week ahead. After the starting the season 0-5 on the road, the team will need to pick up some wins away from the Trop. They open the week with a four-game set in Boston, and from there, they make their way to Buffalo to play against the Blue Jays.
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