ST. PETERSBURG — In extending their staggering streak to 14 wins in 15 video games, the American League-leading Rays have provide you with other ways to return out on high.
Saturday’s 5-3 victory over the Phillies was one other, as they misplaced two leads then rallied for the 2 decisive runs within the eighth inning with out hitting a ball out of the infield.
“Lots of issues went our method for positive,” Rays supervisor Kevin Money mentioned.
Randy Arozaena beating out a floor ball for a leadoff single and getting the (considerably apparent) replay reversal to be protected, then making the aggressive transfer to go from first to 3rd when pitcher Sam Coonrod bounced a pitch by catcher J.P. Realmuto.
“It being a tie sport I’m at all times seeking to attempt to take that further base, in order that’s precisely what I did after I noticed that open base,” Arozarena mentioned by way of workforce interpreter Manny Navarro. “I simply saved on going and discover a method to make one thing occur for this workforce.”
And Austin Meadows, in a left-on-left battle with hard-throwing ex-Ray Jose Alvarado, chopping an 0-2 92-mph cutter into the turf that Alvarado couldn’t make a clear play on to get Arozarena house with the go-ahead run.
“Jose is de facto good. He’s obtained actually good things, actually good motion on his fastball,” Meadows mentioned. “For me, it was simply making an attempt to place the ball in play. Simply contact it actually. Actually contact it. I used to be in a position to do this and get the run.”
And Mike Brosseau, pinch-hitting with two outs and the bases loaded after Ji-Man Choi was hit by a pitch, making Alvarado look acquainted to Rays followers, drawing a full-count stroll to plate an insurance coverage run.
“We’ll take it,” Money mentioned. “The important thing was getting Randy on base proper there and permitting for some issues to go our method. Meadows hung in there. Simply put it in play. Once you chop it you’ve obtained an opportunity with a man at third. Then Ji-Man hit by pitch, and Bross had an incredible at-bat.”
Earlier than Meadows had the little hit — the bouncer between the mound and first with an exit velocity of 59 mph — he had an enormous one, a 401-foot, 104-mph homer within the first inning, his team-high tying eleventh, to place the Rays up 2-0.
However Ryan Yarbrough pitched nicely by 4 innings, misplaced the lead — and the possibility to finish what’s now a 24-start winless streak — within the fifth when a stroll, a bunt single and a two-run double by No. 9 hitter Ronald Torreyes ended his day.
The Rays went up 3-2 within the sixth when Yandy Diaz and Meadows walks and Choi delivered an RBI single. However they couldn’t maintain it as Matt Joyce — the ex-Ray and Tampa native — ended an 0-for-28 stretch with a homer off lefty Jeffrey Springs.
Even because the Rays had been placing out 16 occasions and the Phillies 15 for a mixed 31 — 4 off the major-league nine-inning document — they remained assured that one way or the other, someway, they had been going to discover a method to win, enhancing to 33-20.
“I feel we all know we will get sizzling at any time,” Meadows mentioned. “Whether or not we’re down or up, we all know that it’s going to be a battle ‘til the top. Having that have previously of having the ability to come again in video games or dangle proper there with a workforce and know that it’s going to take one man to ship, whether or not it’s early within the sport or late, we proceed to battle. And we had been in a position to do this right now.”
The enjoyable they’re having is apparent.
“They’re enjoying good,” Money mentioned. “They’ve obtained only a great mindset going proper now. The quantity of wins that we’ve type of racked up right here of late definitely helps that. However they’re feeding off one another. And within the huge moments, the dugout simply actually erupts.”
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