Rays take rare walkoff win against Toronto

by Gary Shelton on May 1, 2016 · 0 comments

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Rays celebrate a rare walkoff win against Jays./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Rays celebrate a rare walkoff win against Jays./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Sunday, 5:30 a.m.

There is nothing like a walkoff victory by a baseball team.

It is athletes unbridled. It is sheer joy. It is a victory that cannot get away.

Around here, it is rare.

When Curt Casali, he of the .146 batting average, drove in Brad Miller, he of the .185 average, it was big of a strange mixture for

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Rays' catcher Curt Casali delivers winning single./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Rays' catcher Curt Casali delivers winning single./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

the Rays. It was not only the team's first walkoff win of the year, a 4-3 win over Toronto.Tthe Rays had only three walkoffs a year ago.

Considering the month that the Rays' offense has had – a historical low of a .225 average – it was strange to see both Miller and Casali single. Perhaps, it was also strange to see Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe (who was three for three) homering.

Chris Archer had another unsatisfactory outing. He threw six innings of one-hit baseball. But he walked four, and he wasn't as sharp as he had been in his previous victory. Once again, however, the bullpen was solid, giving up only one run.

The Rays continue to believe that their offense will come around, however.

“We expect the offense to be better and we expect to have the ability to separate some games on given nights,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Obviously we haven’t done that too much. We’ve been pitched tough, and we haven’t swung the bat like we’re capable of. There’s not a person in that clubhouse I think that’s satisfied with 11-12, but there’s some promise there to carry some more positive into the rest of the season.”

The Rays finish against the Jays today at 1:10 when Jake Odorizzi pitches against Marcus Stroman.

Forsythe has been the Rays' best hitter so far./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Forsythe has been the Rays' best hitter so far./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

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