The Tampa Bay Rays won consecutive games for the first time since the All-Star break with a 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Yandy Diaz came into the game with the third best OBP (.411) when he led the inning with .411 OBP and Drew Hutchison came in with 13.5% BB% over the past two weeks. With that in mind, Diaz’s preliminary career wasn’t a surprising start to the game. Rays was unable to capitalize on the early primary feud as Hutchison would have retired the next three Rays in order to get out of the clean role.
Randy Arrozarina earned the first of his four hits with a single in the second half. This was followed by David Peralta and hit double play in a superb display by first base captain Harold Castro to start the 3-6-3 double play. Jose Seri followed him up with a double he would have scored if the bases weren’t empty
Ray writer Jeffrey Springs has never faced the Tigers before tonight’s game. In the first two rounds, he looked like he could be the Tiger King with two 1-2-3 rounds. It helps when you’re backed up by a great defense including a stunning play by Taylor Walls in the bottom second from left field for a stunning look.
If anyone wonders how Brandon Lowe’s back feels they should get his answer after this match. At the top of the third inning, Lowe followed Diaz’s run with two lanes (99.2 EV, 29 degrees, 373 ft) from a Hutchison change to give Rays a 2-0 lead. Lowe got into the game scoring 0.200 on changes from right-handed bowlers this season but has found a way to get that over the wall.
Successive field errors by Yandy Diaz at the bottom of the third inning allowed the Tigers to return to the game for a moment. Daz Cameron hit an advanced song and then both Castro and Victor Reyes arrive at the base safely on Diaz’s mistakes to load the bases. Riley Green put Detroit on the board with the sacrifice fly and then hit Javier Baez’s RBI-single to tie the match 2-2. Fortunately for Rays, the damage was limited to two stages.
With two naysayers at the top of the fourth inning, Rice’s attack continued to fight. Christian Bethancourt hit one shot to the left and then Diaz arrived safely on a field foul from Baez. That put Lowe back in the lead and he handed Bethancourt’s solo RBI goal. Add a wild pitch from Hutchison and Diaz for Reese to take a 4-2 lead. The match felt like the Rays were going to win but there was still plenty of match left.
If this was Drew Hutchison’s final start for the Tigers, it was a good start.
Line: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 88 pitch.
Tigers down 4-2, mid-6
– Evan Woodberry (@evanwoodbery) August 5, 2022
Jeffrey Springs was impressive in his debut for the Rays tonight. It was his first start without a earned tour allowance since June 12. He finished with 6.0 IP, 4H, 2R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6K and 0 HR in 85 pitches. His Fastball and alteration worked well for him and were combined together to help him get four of his six hits from missed swings.
Lowe hit home but Randy Arrozarina also came in big way for the Rays.
Alex Lange replaced Hutchison in the seventh inning and started hard by hitting Lowe. Things started to go downhill from there as I walked back-to-back to Isaac Paredes and Ji Man Choi. Both runners advanced on the field. Arozarena Paredes streak drive scored to extend Rays’ lead to 5-2.
Arozarena didn’t finish as he added his fourth hit in the ninth game by doubling the RBI to score Choi and give us the final score 6-2.
Yes, this is a team the Rays are supposed to defeat and a series they should win. However, given the injuries this team has been grappling with and the struggles of the second half so far, these are the moments to seize for a chance to secure a post-season berth.
Tomorrow the Rays are looking to keep their winning streak going as Corey Kluber takes the hill against the Tigers with first court at 7:10pm.